You are required to craft an original research and analysis essay based on accumulated readings completed for this course and your own research. Your essay must analyze the historical significance of an event, figure, institution, or civilization (or a comparison of two) that we have studied in this course. Papers must be 6-8 pages in length and double spaced, not including the bibliography.
TopicsYou may choose from the following topics:Assessment of an important historical issue covered in this class: Choose a significant event, historical development, or ancient institution and explain and analyze the background, events, influences, and innovations surrounding its development and realization as well as its long-term influence. Possible examples include the Egyptian New Kingdom, Athenian democracy, the Punic Wars, The Early Christian Church up to 500 CE, Spanish Conquests in the Americas, etc. Be sure to provide original assessment and analysis of the information gathered, not just a rote presentation of facts.Comparative: Choose two civilizations, eras, religions, political systems, wars, or historical figures covered in this class and compare their accomplishments and influence. In what ways do they reflect their historical or geographical contexts? In your assessment, which was more influential in the short and long terms? Be sure to tailor the issues covered based on the nature of the subjects chosen. Craft your thesis around a key similarity or difference that you think is significant.Biographical: Select an influential figure from any of the assigned readings and address their significance and influence. How was this individual influenced by the previous history? How was this person influenced by his or her own time? How important was this person’s legacy? What influence do they still hold today? The manner of influence may be economic, political, religious, aesthetic, military, etc.
-The term paper should contain the following: a proper introduction, a thorough presentation of concrete facts and analysis, a distinct conclusion, and a source list (bibliography). Remember that your grade is based both on your familiarity with key facts concerning the topic(s) and, just as important, your original analysis and assessment. Anyone can string together a list of facts and events; your job is to prioritize and make sense of the facts to help the reader understand their significance.
-Be sure to organize the information in a clear and logical arrangement. Each paragraph should cover one topic and contain a topic sentence. The organization of topics should serve the cause of advancing a historical narrative and/or aid in analysis.
-Citations should follow the standard MLA format. Your work should be between 6–8 double-spaced pages in length (not including the bibliography).
As you refine your paper through drafts, refer to the grading rubric to help develop it to its fullest potential.