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How to Write a War Essay

When taking a History class you may be required to write an essay on war.  Any war can be portrayed in different ways:  as senseless or heroic, in terms of world politics or in how it affected ordinary people. You may want to discuss weapons, war tactics, propaganda, diplomacy, causes and effects of war, wins or losses.

Regardless of which war you are going to write about, whether it is the Civil War, WWI, WW2, Vietnam or Iraq War, you will need to first decide on your topic and then choose a method of approach to use in writing the war essay.  The approach that you take in writing the essay will dictate both the structure of your war essay and which facts and information you choose to include. Read more about the approaches you may take and the topics to choose for your war essay.

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  • Informative An informative war essay is the one that is meant to simply provide information about the war and the topic you have chosen.  It will most likely be the easiest type to write, but be careful not to bore your reader with unnecessary facts.
  • Cause and Effect Approach is probably one of the most commonly used methods for writing war essays.  The essay will include potential causes of the war and any effects it may have had on things such as industrial development, scientific progress, international relations, and the economy.
  • Argumentative– For instance your essay question may be something like “was WW1 senseless?”  An argumentative approach requires that you state your main point clearly and provide your arguments either for or against.
  • ComparativeThis is awriting approach that requires you to choose one or more components of the war and compare them to one another.  For some essays, you may want to compare several aspects of two different wars against one another.
  • PersuasiveThe main purpose of writing a persuasive war essay is to convince the reader to believe or agree with your viewpoint. Writing a persuasive essay on war you may try either to convince your readers to change their opinion about something, or to call them to actions – like commemorate the victims. This method requires that you include facts and information in your essay that fully support your main point and also keep the reader engaged.
  • DBQ (Document Based Question) format – sometimes you may be asked to write a war essay in DBQ format. This means that you will be provided with some document or visual source about the war, and you will have to analyze it according to what you know about the war they represent.

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What You Can Write a War Essay about?

  • Weapons and scientific innovations: Technical innovations sometimes influence the cause of a war.  For example, the result of the Civil war was influenced by railways and when tanks first appeared at the battlefields of WWI they caused panic in enemy armies.  Nuclear weapons had an impact on WWII and the Cold War history.
  • War strategy and tactics: Military plans or the description of a very complex campaign can be an appropriate topic for a war essay.  The details that you use in your essay will vary depending on the writing strategy that you have chosen.
  • Propaganda:  A war essay can include a comparison of patriotic propaganda, descriptions of images of the enemy or the use of posters, an analysis of types of music that were popular with soldiers or a discussion of how the battles were depicted in films and movies.
  • Diplomacy:  Depending on the writing strategy you have chosen, a description of secret treaties, or analysis of peace conferences that were held can be useful in supporting your main point.
  • Causes of war: Often each side in a war conflict doesn’t desire war. However, when we look back we can see a chance of events that led to it.  A war essay that details the events leading up to a specific war can be both informative and enlightening for your audience.
  • Role of women in war: A well written war essay could compare the role of women in several different wars throughout history and/or their roles at home or in industry during WWI or WWII.
  • Treatment of prisoners of war: writing about this topic will require you to research.  Diaries or newspaper articles are good sources to find this type of information or a discussion of the prescriptions of Geneva Convention of 1949 as to the Treatment of Prisoners of War might fit the bill for your essay.
  • Collaboration with enemy: The importance of the interaction and even collaboration with the enemy during WWII or more recent wars can provide excellent fodder for a war essay as it may be both enlightening and somewhat controversial.
  • Memory of war: Each person who has lived through wartime whether as a soldier or as a civilian who awaited the return of a loved one, has a different memory of what the war was like.  The research and discussion of those memories and a comparison of how different groups of people perceived a war can be a great essay topic.

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War Essay Prompts

One of the most important steps to take before you begin writing your essay on war is to analyze the essay question to be sure that you fully understand the subject and the approach you should take to answer the question.  Essay questions are typically composed of two parts, the subject and the prompt which suggests the approach you should take in writing about the subject.  An essay question such as “Discuss the causes of WWII” actually has two parts, “causes of WWII” is your subject and “discuss” is the prompt that lets you know how to approach the subject.

The prompts used most frequently by instructors for a war essay are:

  • Discuss
  • Explain
  • Compare
  • Argue

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  • Alexa Rain 3 months agofrom egypt

    A lot of inspired topics and issues,

    you always help in finding ways by arrange your reader thinking and informative things.

    i am big fan of you.

    Great Hub!

  • Virginia Kearney 4 months agofrom United States

    Hi Christina--My articles on how to write can help you! Find them by looking to the side or on my profile page. Or just use Google and type what you need with my name.

  • Christinaaa 4 months ago

    I'm trying to write an argument research paper on social media and mental illness or social media and relationships but I'm having trouble narrowing my topic and creating the key points for my paper.

  • Virginia Kearney 5 months agofrom United States

    Hi Rosie--You have a good topic and an interesting personal connection. I'd suggest that you do a frame story introduction and conclusion. Start with your situation and then stop part-way through and ask the question: should you call CPS? Then do your answer and tell why or why not. Finish with telling the end of your story. See my articles on "How to write an argument paper" and "How to write a position paper" for full instructions.

  • rosie 5 months ago

    Wondering how to write a position essay. Topic should you call Child Protective Services. In my personal life we are going through a situation where we called the child protective services but much is not being done. Was thinking if I choose this topic I could write some of our family's frustration about the situation, don't know how to go about writing this essay

  • Virginia Kearney 6 months agofrom United States

    Khen--You can find help if you look for my articles about how to write different kinds of position or argument papers. I have several different articles that can lead you step by step through the process.

  • Khen 6 months ago

    Can you please help me in my position paper?

  • Virginia Kearney 7 months agofrom United States

    Roami, You have an interesting idea. I think one way for you to get some good information to start your paper is to research why local languages are not included in the instruction first. Next, you might want to interview some people to find out their positions and to get some quotes on this topic. Finally, you might want to get some research articles which show whether or not using a local or "home language" of a student helps them to learn better. In the United States, research has shown that students who receive some instruction in their own language at least at first often do better in the long run than a child who is "fully immersed" in English. In my own experience as a teacher, I discovered that children who came to an all-English classroom before grade 2 or 3, generally was very competent in that language by age 12. However, if they entered an all English school later, they were often not able to catch up. However, that only works if the child is in a school where no one else speaks their native language (as is often true in the U.S. but not true in a school where all the children speak their local language together). You have a wonderful topic and one that is very important for your country to consider. I wish you great success in your paper.

  • roami 7 months ago

    pls, i need u to look into this position topic for me. Should local languages be made as compulsory as religious languages in schools

  • Virginia Kearney 9 months agofrom United States

    Hi Sam, you might want to try my article about Funny Argumentative Essay Topic Ideas, or else do the negative of any idea here or in one of my many other argument essays. In a "devil's advocate" paper, you want to go against what most people think. Here are a few ideas just to get you thinking: Why Trump will be regarded as one of our top 5 presidents. Why we should leave ISIS alone. Why race is less a problem in America than Europe. Why the leader of North Korea isn't really crazy.

  • Sam 9 months ago

    Hello,

    I have this assignment of playing the role of devil's advocate and I can't think of a good topic!

    help!

    ( I personally prefer a political related topic).

  • Virginia Kearney 12 months agofrom United States

    Aidyn-You add a very interesting position topic. I had not thought about schools making rules against fasting but it certainly could hurt a child's performance in school if they were fasting for a longer period than a day or two. That could cause a school to be concerned. Thanks for your comment and idea.

  • Aidyn Krikorian 12 months ago

    I greatly appreciate your website, and I have a suggestion for a topic. "Should we allow fasting or other religious acts in schools?" This topic facsinates me and I do hope you will consider it. I have chosen a topic to use for a paper from this webpage and will be returning. Thank you, Aidyn.

  • Virginia Kearney 12 months agofrom United States

    Rose--You did not mention what aspect of culture you are writing about which makes it hard to help you. However, for example, if you are writing a paper arguing to people that only like modern music that classical music is worth listening to, you could start by talking about what you agree with about modern music and acknowledge why people of your generation might prefer to listen to it. Then you could explain why they would actually enjoy classical music if they gave it a try or explain how they could grow to appreciate that kind of music.

  • rose lasu 12 months ago

    I need help on my regerian Argument eassy on culture. I dont now how to start it, Does anyone knows how.thanks

  • Preston Heard 14 months ago

    These are great topics for the upcoming research essays. I will definitely be using one of them. Thank you for this resource!

  • Aaron Gibson 14 months ago

    Excited for your class this semester!

  • Matt Hartman 14 months ago

    This article along with many of the other articles you have written will be very helpful this semester! I'm looking forward to your class!

  • Virginia Kearney 16 months agofrom United States

    Look for my articles about how to write argument or position essays for lots of ideas on how to introduce essays and find sources. Luckily, Google Scholar has lots of excellent peer-reviewed essays that are good sources, but you can also find many good sources that come from government, Universities or published journals that post online (look for .gov, .edu or a journal that also appears in print). One easy way to start your introduction is to tell a story about a student who is generally shy (or maybe bullied) but gets excited (and more included by others) when they are able to share about their own culture during a multiculturalism unit.

  • jenn 16 months ago

    I am doing an Apa essay on "should schools be required to teach multiculturalism" any idea on how I should start my intro and what sources I should use?

  • Virginia Kearney 17 months agofrom United States

    Bebe--You don't tell me whether your paper is a research paper or not, but I've written many articles on how to write different sorts of essays. You can use the search engine on HubPages to find them, or look at the links that usually appear when you pull up one of my articles. Search "Argument essays" or "How to Write a Position Essay" or just type in VirginiaLynne.

    To start a paper on your topic, I think I would use a story in the introduction showing a miscommunication when people don't talk face to face.

  • bebe 17 months ago

    Hey . Can you please help me in my position paper . I dont how to start . My topic is cellphone,texts and emails are not as good as talking face to face . It is from yours sample :) thank you

  • B-RAD 24 months ago

    I think that is video gaming good or bad is a great topic to choose.

  • Virginia Kearney 2 years agofrom United States

    Yes Alsaifl, I think that "What is beauty?" could be a topic. You are right that your answer would be a definition claim.

  • Jumanah Alsaif 2 years ago

    Is the topics What is true beauty? (definition) a good topic for a position paper? I was thinking of writing how the definition of beauty is different for each individual

  • Brittany Adams 14 2 years ago

    Thank you so much for posting! This helps a lot with my writing!

  • Tariq Ali Khan 2 years ago

    Excellent work buddy! Thank you so much !

  • Kristen Howe 2 years agofrom Northeast Ohio

    Great topics for a variety of essays for everyone who needs to be inspired. Voted up for useful!

  • Joanna 3 years ago

    That Tom Hanks video is hilarious. These ideas are very thought-provoking and inspiring!

  • Virginia Kearney 3 years agofrom United States

    Cindy A. So glad I was able to give you some good information!

  • Cindy A. 3 years ago

    Unbelievable. You have helped me enormously. Thank you so much

  • Bluerider 3 years ago

    Thank you for these great topics.

  • VJG 3 years agofrom Texas

    This would be an interesting article for school students. They always seem to struggle for essay ideas.

  • Virginia Kearney 3 years agofrom United States

    Hi Safa--Here are the main steps:

    1. Choose a question you are going to write about. Then think about what your answer to the question is going to be.

    2. Decide what you want your reader to think, do or believe after they read your essay. That is your thesis (the answer to your question).

    3. Decide who you want to persuade to believe this (that is your reader or audience). Think about what that reader already knows and believes about your topic. That will help you develop your arguments. The reader should not be someone who already believes what you do. If they do, you aren't really arguing are you?

    4. Think of at least 3 reasons why your reader should believe your thesis. Those reasons will be the main body part of your essay.

    5. Think of examples or evidence which supports each of those reasons. That is what you will use to support those three reasons.

    6. What objections will your reader have? Write those out and also your answers to those objections. This will be a paragraph after your reasons.

    7. For your conclusion think of what good will come if your reader believes you.

    I've written more in detail about this in my article: https://owlcation.com/academia/How-to-Write-an-Arg...

  • Virginia Kearney 4 years agofrom United States

    Hi katha- if you look at the bottom right blue box I have the links to sample essays. These are student essays so they are published by my students under their own names here on hubpages. Maybe I should move these up on the page so you can find them more easily.

  • Virginia Kearney 4 years agofrom United States

    Samarah--Yes I think that vaccinating children is a very good topic. You can also narrow that to particular types of vaccinations that are new like the chickenpox vaccine or the HPV. Another possible argument on this topic is whether or not it is true that vaccines are the main reason for better health in people today than in the past.

  • samarah15 4 years ago

    Is the right to vaccinate children a good topic?

  • Virginia Kearney 4 years agofrom United States

    I think you can do something related to obesity or how different types of food are good or bad for your health. Or you can talk about GMO foods or organic or locally grown produce.

  • Virginia Kearney 5 years agofrom United States

    Xstatic--I love the fact that you do have a position on everything--I like to look at all sides of things and that is great as an instructor teaching positions, because I can play the devils advocate, but sometimes I do need to just nail down my own point of view!

  • Jim Higgins 5 years agofrom Eugene, Oregon

    A great "how to" for position papers. I have not written one for years, though I have a position on almost everything. Useful Hub and well done as usual.

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