Explain the impact of the war using the lens of the letters of the Pirauds.

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This book explores various aspects of World War I and its impact on the lives of French men, women, and families that experienced it.  Write a 4-5 page paper in which you research one of the themes about the First World War that is evident in Your Death Would Be Mine.  Some examples would be its effect on family life, the daily life of soldiers, the economic effects of the war, among others.

Your paper must offer an analysis of the aspect of the war that you choose to investigate that shows how it impacted those who lived through the conflict.  Your paper should define a clear research question and be thesis driven.  Your paper needs to rely on no fewer than 5 peer-reviewed, scholarly sources in addition to Your Death Would be Mine.  These sources may be books or journal articles.  Martha Hanna presents her interpretation of the impact of the war using the lens of the letters of the Pirauds.  Other scholars present different viewpoints in their work, or offer different evidence to support a similar viewpoint.  You need to build a context for your analysis of the argument presented in the book (which you need to explain clearly) by including arguments of other scholars (that is, by explaining the historiography).  Your analysis may include critiques of Hannah’s book and its conclusions, but they must be presented in an analytical, scholarly fashion.


Citations must follow the Chicago Manual of Style format.  Information about standard citations can be found at: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html
Goals of the project:

Historical Thinking and Information Fluency:

Develop nuanced understanding of the impact of the First World War
Practice defining a research question from an area of historical interest
Practice finding relevant documents to investigate the research question
Enhance skills in analyzing documents: context, content, bias, limitations, etc.
Identify arguments in secondary sources
Enhance skills in integrating scholarly arguments to form one’s own analysis


Be sure that you follow the guidelines below for the format:

Cover page with your name and paper title

            No name on the pages of the essay

            12 point Times New Roman font with 1” margins

            Proper citations of ALL quoted AND paraphrased material in Chicago Manual of Style

            Works cited page


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