Report: West Point Undergraduate Historical Review, Volume 004, Issue 2 (Spring 2014)

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    (West Point Press, 2014) Editing Team
    The Editorial Board would like to thank the faculty of the History Department for their submission recommendations, all the students who submitted papers, and Major Andrew Forney and Captain Mark Ehlers for their extensive guidance and technical support. Without their help, Report would not have been possible.
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    Report: West Point Undergraduate Historical Review Volume 4, Issue 2 (Spring 2014)
    (West Point Press, 2014) Editing Team
    Report is a non-profit publication produced by undergraduate cadets at the United States Military Academy. It accepts and encourages submissions from undergraduates in the fall and spring. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
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    French Politics And Everyday Life In The Battle Of France, 1940
    (West Point Press, 2014) Liang, J. Justin
    Justin Liang is a senior at the University of Chicago, majoring in History. He wrote this paper for a colloquium on Nazi Germany. Curious as to how scholarship on France compared to work on the synergy between po-litical culture and the German war effort, he found the historiography to be lacking. Wary of the sharp distinctions between "defeatist" France and "defiant" Britain, as well as between collaboration and resistance, Justin wrote this paper to show that political culture informs, and is informed, by the everyday experience of war, resulting in a highly contingent civilian response to military conflict.
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    Truth In Fiction: Disillusionment Of Civil War Soldiers In The Stories Of Ambrose Bierce
    (West Point Press, 2014) Bosserman, Jill
    Jill Bosserman is a sophomore majoring in History and English Literature at Purdue University. While taking a course on the Civil War and Reconstruction with Professor Robert May in the fall of 2013, Jill found herself intrigued by the short stories of Ambrose Bierce, a soldier in the Union Army who later became a journalist and writer. Combining her passion for history with her enthusiasm for literature, Jill examines in this paper what Bierce’s stories reveal about the attitudes of soldiers and civilians in the Civil War.
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    Nothing To Do But Serve: British Officers And Their Servants In The First World War
    (West Point Press, 2014) Mcgready, Blake
    Blake McGready graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2013 with a degree in history. Blake was inspired to study soldier-servants in the war through the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien, who served in the British Army and used the batman-officer relationship to inform his writing and express a sense of deep camaraderie between characters in his stories.
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    Not One Step Back! The Life Of A Soviet Soldier On The Eastern Front
    (West Point Press, 2014) Deferman, Zachary
    Zachary Determan is a junior at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, double majoring in history and political science. Inspired to write about the Russian experience after he realized he knew nearly nothing about it from his studies of World War II, Determan delved into the question of who the soldiers fighting for the Soviets were and why they decided to fight.
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    Dividing Christendom: Perceptions, Strategy, And Geopolitics In The First Crusade
    (West Point Press, 2014) Ambrogio, Francis
    Francis Ambrogio is a junior at the United States Military Academy and is an International History major with a minor in Grand Strategy. This paper was originally written for a course on the history of world religions. Francis is interested in Medieval history and the Crusades, especially in the First Crusade, in which one of the largest contingents was from Southern Italy, where his father’s family comes from. Additionally, he has a deep interest in the history of the Christian faith, particularly in the relationship between Eastern and Western Christianity.
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    Bartolomé De Las Casas’ Brevísima Relación: Protestant English Superiority And Catholic Spanish Wickedness
    (West Point Press, 2014) Fontin, Sarah
    Sarah Fontin, in her second year at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, is double majoring in History and Religious Studies. This paper was written in response to a seminar on Natural and Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern Atlantic World. She became interested in how colonial interests took shape in Europe and decided to explore the use of propaganda by one power in order to elevate their own position and demean their opponents.
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    An Uncommon Saint: Socialism And Dorothy Day
    (West Point Press, 2014) Geppert, Peter
    Peter Geppert is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is double majoring in History and Finance. Peter chose this topic after learning of Dorothy Day through a social justice course at his Jesuit high school. He then took a “History of Socialism in the United States” at UW-Madison, and became interested in developing a narrative of how socialism affected Day’s later work with the Catholic Church. He would like to thank his social justice teacher Mr. Nick Luppino for giving him the knowledge and inspiration to write the paper.