DEVRY HIS410 WEEK 5 AND WEEK 6 DISCUSSIONS
Africa and the West (graded)
What accounts for the rather late emergence of African countries as independent nation-states? Is there something peculiar about Africa that delayed its drive for independence? (Begin with a specific African country, and argue your case.)
Israel and the Middle East (graded)
Why has the Arab-Israeli conflict been so persistent? What religious and cultural factors have contributed to the persistent state of unrest in the Middle East and, in particular, in what some people refer to as the Holy Land?
The End of the Cold War (graded)
What impact did Gorbachev’s ideas of glasnost (openness), perestroika (restructuring), and demokratizatsiia (democratization) have on Communist society? Were these principles compatible with collectivization and a command economy? Did Communist leaders favor these principles or did they feel that their hands were tied once they were introduced into Communist society?
The Welfare State (graded)
How would you evaluate the social welfare programs in most European states? E.g., in England and France, almost all health care is covered from cradle to grave. Do you think such social systems would work in the United States? What do you think of the current talk about health care reform in the United States? Elaborate.
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