MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

424 views

Why did the Grand Alliance fail after WWII?

This type of question invites you to look at the causes of failure. This type of essay can be structured in two ways: either you posit two different reasons, examin them thorougherly (3 paras each) and decide which arguent is the stronger. This approach usually fits into questions where there is a clear historigogrpahical division. The other approach is that you assess the merits of a multitiude of reasons, and decide on the most persuaswive. 

This esssay could be strucutured either way. One side could aruge it was the USSRs fault, the other side could argue that it was the Wests fault. This would mean looking at all the reasons that the alliance fell, and placing them into one camp or another. This has the benefit of making historigography clear, and quoting opinunated historians such as Barrass and Overy. However, it might ommitt the fact that the collapse may have been nobodys 'fault' - and indeed the word 'fault' may be too simplistic a term that distracts from the question.

Therefore, a better apprach might be to deal with the various reasons in their turn, and quote historians along the way. Paragraphs might include: cnotrasting ideologies which led to inevitable hositlity, the mistrust of the 1930s, the situation during WWII (poland etc), importance of Stalin

It is important to use examples that stick within the date range the questions sets (eg. why did grand alliance fail by 1949) : depending on the phrasing of the question, the evidence you can use might be restircted, and your answer most be accordingly changed.

Depending on the phrasing of the question, it might also be possible to include coutner-arguments (eg.how far to you agree that the reason for the failure of the alliance was 'x'). If that was the phrasing of the question, then after anaylising 'x' and the other factors which led to the failure of the grand alliance, it would show good understanding of the topic to include examples which suggest that the failure wasnt inevitable and could have survived (eg.Tehran confrence) (unifying economic policy of west)

If your conclusion is therefore a nuanced one (which tends to go down well) it is a good idea to indlude a historian that backs up your point - (ie) Tony Judt: the Grand Alliance was “just an interlude in an international struggle between the Western democracies and Soviet totalitarianism”.

Jack M. GCSE English tutor, 13 plus  English tutor, GCSE Government a...

10 months ago

Answered by Jack, an A Level History tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

57 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£20 /hr

Luthien C.

Degree: Applied Human Rights (Masters) - York University

Subjects offered: History, German+ 1 more

History
German
English Literature

“About me: Hi! My name is Luthien and I am currently working towards a Masters degree in Applied Human Rights at the University of York. I have a Bachelors degree in History and German from the University of Durham (First Class Honours...”

£22 /hr

George M.

Degree: History (Bachelors) - Oxford, Balliol College University

Subjects offered: History, Religious Studies+ 3 more

History
Religious Studies
French
.HAT.
-Personal Statements-

“About me:I am a history student at Balliol College, Oxford. I love almost all humanities, especiallyHistory and RS (Philosophy, Ethics and Theology). I hope that our sessions will help me share my enthusiasm and interest!I am v...”

£22 /hr

Aimee K.

Degree: Ancient & Modern History (Bachelors) - Oxford, Magdalen College University

Subjects offered: History, Maths+ 8 more

History
Maths
Extended Project Qualification
English and World Literature
English Literature
Classical Civilisation
.HAT.
-Personal Statements-
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“Hey there! I am an Ancient & Modern History student at Magdalen College, Oxford University and I absolutely love history and studies to do with culture and literature.  I am a big believer in providing students with the best groundin...”

About the author

Jack M.

Currently unavailable: for new students

Degree: History and Ancient History (Bachelors) - Exeter University

Subjects offered: History, Government and Politics+ 1 more

History
Government and Politics
English

“I am a History and Ancient History student at the University of Exeter. I love my History degree but I am also passionate abouta English and Politics (the latter of which I achieved the highest mark in Europe for at edexcell A level)....”

You may also like...

Posts by Jack

How do I analyse a source?

How do I memorise facts for History? (source too)

I don't know how to analyse a poem's language, form and structure!!!?

Why did the Grand Alliance fail after WWII?

Other A Level History questions

How should I structure and plan a Section B question? (Edexcel)

Why did Henry VIII split from the Catholic church in 1534

How should I structure a history essay?

To what extent was Germany responsible for the outbreak of the First World War

View A Level History tutors

Cookies:

We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok