Comparative Memoir Review Project.

This is a comparative review of three soldiers’ accounts of their wartime experiences. It will be between 10 and 12 pages. In this project, you will analyze soldiers’ wartime experiences over time. FORMAT OF PAPER: Use a cover page and create a title for your paper. The cover page is NOT page 1.Page 1 must begin with full bibliographic citations of each primary source, following Turabian’s A Manual for Writers, chapters 16-17. Use footnotes to cite your information, using Turabian to do so properly. Create a “Works Cited” page at the end, using Turabian to do so properly. PAPER: Introduction.The first page or two of the paper should provide an overview of your topic as well as the main points you intend to make about your topic.What kinds of and how many published primary sources are available for each time period? Which ones were most difficult to locate? Have a clear position and thesis statement that encompasses the direction you will take on your primary sources.That is, your thesis should clearly answer whether the experience of soldiering has fundamentally changed over time or has it generally remained the same and why that is so. Body. The body has two parts. In Part One, you will summarize and critically review each memoir in turn. In Part Two, you will compare and contrast the soldiers’ experiences, their thoughts, and their reflections to argue whether and why the experience of soldiering has changed over time Memoir Reviews: A review is not a book report. The latter merely reports the contents of the book but your reviews will analyze each book. In two pages per book (no more, no less), write a book review for each chosen book. Analyze each memoir in turn, focusing on the individual’s experiences and especially their thoughts, reflections, and insights, and how well they presented their wartime experiences. Use the “Memoir Review Guidelines” to write good, analytical reviews. Comparative Analysis: Part Two of the body is a comparative analysis of your three sources. Consider how they differ. How are they similar? When and where were these men as they wrote their memoirs? How did socio-political factors influence their perspectives? Did their rank affect them differently or similarly? Were their respective motivations for joining an army fundamentally different? Did being on the winning or losing side affect their reflections? Consider the wars they fought in, their prewar lives, the political and social context, their rank, their training, their wartime experiences, and their postwar lives. Most importantly, consider the thoughts and reflections that these men had about their wartime experiences: are there fundamental similarities that tie these experiences together or are they so fundamentally different that they are evidence that the experience of soldiering has changed over time? The purpose of the comparative analysis is to assess whether the experience of soldiering has changed over time. If you argue that the experience of soldiering has changed over time, then, using your sources, identify three to five (3-5) fundamental elements that have changed over time and discuss how they have changed over time. If you argue that the experience of soldiering has not changed over time, then, using your sources, identify three to five (3-5) elements that have remained constant and discuss why they remain constant. Don’t neglect the course readings: do the textbook or the assigned readings help reinforce your thesis or do your findings contradict the textbook or assigned readings? You can earn extra points if you: Comment on coverage or give context by using the Waging War textbook and Integrate other course readings as they relate to your overall points. Conclusion. Did your research turn up any new insights? What were your own preconceptions and assumptions regarding the subject? What are your overall conclusions? What do these three sources teach us about the experience of war through history? Works Cited. Beginning on an entirely new page, create a “Works Cited” page of all the sources used and cited in your paper. Use the examples in Turabian to help you write accurate entries. MEMOIR REVIEW GUIDELINES: Format and Procedure: A well written book review is of value 1) to the author of the book under examination because it provides criticism; 2) to the reviewer since the act of writing such a review will require the reviewer to read the book with special care, to organize their thoughts concerning the book, and to compose a concise essay setting forth those thoughts; 3) and to the reader of the review since it will describe the nature of the book, assess its value, and in some cases help the reader to decide whether to read the book.

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