History 12

Possible questions for a History inquiry research project:

  • If JFK was such a popular president, why was he assassinated?
  • How did codebreaking in WWII contribute towards the Allied victory?
  • How did Hitler manage to captivate and motivate an entire country?
  • From a terrorist's point of view was 9-11 considered a success and why?
  • Did the positive effects of Lenin's rule outweigh the negative effects?

  • What were the effects of the Vietnam War on America in economic, social and political terms?
  • Why were Ghandi's peaceful protests more effective than violent revolution in India?
  • What events changed the Italians' opinion of Mussolini from a hero to a villain?
  • What were the roots of Hitler's anti-Semitism?
  • What or who inspired the birth of Communism?

  • Did experiments at the Nazi death camps seriously further our knowledge of science today?
  • How did growing up in a fascist state affect the German youth during the World War II period?
  • Was it moral to use herbicides during Vietnam?
  • How responsible is the west for the troubles in the Middle East?
  • How did the Battle of Britain contribute to the fall of the German's war machine?

  • How did Hitler plan to indoctrinate an entire country and was he successful?
  • How did Nelson Mandela inspire the nation of South African in its fight against apartheid?
  • How have the events of 9-11 changed the world around us?
  • Would Hitler have been as effective without his use of censorship?
  • What factors contributed to the Soviet's victory at Stalingrad?

  • How did Rosa Park's actions further the Civil Rights movement in the US?
  • How did Nelson Mandela maintain support against apartheid during his lengthy imprisonment?
  • How did ordinary citizens come to take part in Nazi genocide?
  • Who made the more significant contribution to furthering the Civil Rights movement - Malcolm X or Martin Luther King and why?
  • Who was the more diabolical leader, Hitler or Stalin?

  • How did the actions of the US, USSR and Cuba increase the tension which led to the Cuban Missile crisis?
  • How did JFK avert nuclear war during the Cuban Missile crisis?
  • Are the United Nations peacekeeping missions an effective method of solving disputes?
  • Did Stalin's use of propoganda contribute to the growth of the Soviet Union? Why or why not?
  • Why was the Luftwaffe so successful as a weapon in WWII?

  • Did Rommel deserve more credit as a great commander in WWII? Why or why not?
  • How did events from Hitler's childhood shape him into an evil dictator?
  • What events led to the US losing the Vietnam War?
  • Why was Auschwitz considered the most effective death camp?
  • How does a communist regime such as China stay in power despite acts such as Tiamen Square?

  • How did the Allies justify dropping the second atom bomb on Japan?
  • How did Rasputin play a major role in the downfall of the Russian tsar?
  • What were the effects of the Chernobyl incident on neighbouring countries?
  • What events contributed to the fall of communism in the USSR?
  • Which of these three battles - Atlantic, Britain or Stalingrad - made the most significant contribution towards Hitler's defeat in WWII?

  • What events happened that turned the Nazis against their leader Hitler?
  • What positive decision did Hitler make which supported his rise to power?