Write on one of the following questions:
1. Assess the settlement of Versailles. What were its good points? bad points? Was the peace too harsh or too conciliatory? Could it have ensured peace in Europe? How might it have been improved?
2. How was Hitler able to defeat France in 1940? Why was the war against Britain a failure? Why did Hitler invade the Soviet Union? Why did the invasion fail? Could it have succeeded?
3. Why did Britain and France adopt a policy of appeasement in the 1930s? What were its main features? Did the appeasers buy the West valuable time to prepare for war by their actions at Munich in 1938?
4. Some historians have looked at the 20th century and have seen it as a period of great destruction as well as great progress. Was this truly a â€œcentury of holocaustâ€? Discuss the ramifications of this question