Each student will write a historiographical essay over a historical event that occurred during the time period covered by the class (1500 B.C.E. – 1715 C. E. ). Students have 1,000 words (+/10%) to complete this assignment. I think the evolution from hominids to modern humans would be a good topic for this paper but if there’s a better topic the writer wants to write about, that’s ok.
The event must have taken place between 1500 B.C.E – 1715 C.E.
You must have at least four scholarly sources to support your essay
The primary goal of this paper is to get the student to begin thinking and writing like a historian. Historians do not always agree about how to interpret the events and people that they study; this leads to multiple explanations, which at times, are diametrically opposed to each other. Analysis of scholarly sources can help students develop a deeper understanding of how history is written and the fact that events and ideas are open to interpretation. What this means in practice is an exploration of a specific topic, and how historians have explained events or people over time, i.e. how their explanations have changed due to their own worldview and/or ideological bent, due to re-interpretation of previously-viewed sources, due to the availability of new sources, previously unexplored, and/or due to the application of different questions and/or methodologies to sources. Revision of prior interpretations of the past is an implicit and important element of historiography. The focus of a historiographical essay is not on the event or person itself; rather, it is on the interpretations of the event or person.
The paper will have a properly formatted Bibliography
The paper will use the Chicago style footnotes, size 10 point font
Professor recommended jstor for the scholarly sources.
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