February 26, 2022 Comment off

How did various aspects of society, culture, religion and/or government change over that time?

Your term paper will use primary and secondary sources to explore some aspects of world history from prehistory to 1500. Reread the introduction to working with primary sources in the front matter of the textbook. For our purposes, primary sources are found in the “Documents” sections that accompany each chapter in the textbook. Your secondary sources are the rest of the textbook (in other words, the narrative chapters), my lecture slides, and your notes from class. You’ll be assembling a small collection of documents that connect with your chosen topic. (I would recommend at least four or five documents.) In preparation for writing your paper, you should analyze each of those documents on its own terms. Then figure out how you can connect those sources together to write an essay about your topic. To think about how you can bring these documents together, re-read the “Change, Comparison, and Connection” section of the textbook introduction. Your secondary sources will be the narrative sections of the Textbook and class notes, as needed for context, but the main purpose is to draw as much information as possible from the primary sources and to use those sources critically. You should include and interpret relevant quotes from the documents. You may use whatever citation format you are comfortable with, as long as you make clear what sources you are using, when and how. You should include a Works Cited page that lists the specific documents you used in the paper. Choose one of these options. Each option has a wide range of possibilities. – Changes over time in a particular geographical region. For this option, you would be gathering documents from that region that cover a wide span of time ideally from the first civilization in that region to the 15th century. How did various aspects of society, culture, religion and/or government change over that time? (China is a good example of a region that would work well for this option.) – Comparisons and contrasts between different regions/continents on some aspect of society. Here you would be staying in one general time period, like the Classical period which the book calls “Second-Wave Civilizations,” but spreading out across the map to compare what was going on in different places at roughly the same time. (A good example of this would be to compare gender attitudes and roles in Rome and China and Africa and the Americas. You could also do this with religious traditions or social/political structures, for example) – Connections between civilizations and cultures. With this option, you’ll be collecting documents that show the various ways in which separate civilizations or traditions have come in contact with each other. These include trade, the spread of religious ideas, and war. Here you could spread out across time, or geography, or both, comparing overall patterns. {Let me know if you need anything from the book. we are using this book- Ways of the World(2nd edition) Volume 1 by Robert W.Strayer}