Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages / Book Review

5 page review and discussion of the book 'The Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages,' by Robert S. Lopez. Book describes changes (mostly economic) during the Middle Ages and surrounding periods in Europe. Excellent for those studying courses relevant to the History of Western Civilization. No additional sources.

Religion and Power / The Politics of Religion in England from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century

This 8 page paper considers the hypothesis that religion is ultimately a tool that is used to control people. Example of the crusades, King Henry VIII and the witch hunts are cited to demonstrate this relations between religion power and control.The bibliography cites 8 sources.

“Developments in social history in eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain”

A ten page paper which looks at the way in which Britain, and particularly England, changed and developed between 1700 and 1900, in terms of industrialisation, the growth of the middle class, the changes in conditions for the working population, and the improvements in social reform which came about during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Bibliography lists 4 sources

Prostitution / A Cross-Cultural History & Analysis

A 5 page paper on this history of 'the world's oldest profession'-- prostitution. The writer discusses the shape and form that prostitution has taken throughout history with respect to individual cultures and societies such as the Ancient Greeks, Romans, Church in the Middle Ages, and more recent eras as well. The role of law, societal opposition, and venereal disease is stressed with regard to prostitution in more recent times. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Georges Duby

This 16 page paper considers the background and work of this French historian who specialised in the middle ages. The paper considers his background and qualifications as well as his studies and then discusses the influence that his work had on the academic community as well as society in general. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

How the Urban Revolution Of The 11th Century Eroded The Feudal System

This 5 page paper examines the impact of urbanization on the established system of feudalism in the Middle Ages. The Magna Carta, the growth of cities, the centralization of governmental power all led toward the ultimate collapse of feudalism. Bibliography lists six sources.

Teutonic Knights

A 6 page research paper that looks at the history of the Teutonic Knights, a military-religious order similar to the better known Templar or Hospitaller Orders of the middle ages. The Teutonic Knights were responsible for bringing Christianity to Eastern Europe through numerous crusades that lasted through to the fifteenth century. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Renaissance, the Reformation and the Scientific Revolution

A 5 page research paper that examine how these three periods of history reworked the nature of Western civilization and brought it from the Middle Ages into the modern era, by bringing about a totally different perspective on reality and instituting changes that are still evident in today's society and thought processes. Bibliography contains 4 sources.

Crusades in the Late Middle Ages

A 12 page research paper that examines the motivations and the effects of the crusades that occurred in the late Middle Ages. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

History of Temperament Theory

This 10 page paper provides a historical report of theories about temperament. The history begins about 2,500 years ago when the four humors were proposed, a theory that was continued to be popular in the Middle Ages and even later. Philosophies and scientific advancements changed the theme somewhat but there continued to be four dimensions of temperament. Even Keirsey proposed four dimensions of temperament. It was in 1990 when five dimensions of temperament were proposed by McCrae and Costa, Jr. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

17th England & Transformation

A 4 page research paper that discusses the 17th century as a time of transformation in England. The writer argues that the seventeenth century was a period of rapid change in England, economically, politically and religiously. In his text The Century of Revolution, historian Christopher Hill argues persuasively that this was a period of transformation. The view of the seventeenth century presented by Hill shows that it was nothing less than the period in which the modern world began to take shape. No additional sources cited.

The Social Effects of the Glorious Revolution

A 9 page research paper on William III's accession to the throne of England and its affect on the various social classes in England. The writer details religious toleration, the standing army, the Restoration settlement, freedom of thought and speech, and other issues which resulted from the 1688 Revolution. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

England’s Industrial Revolution Reimagined in Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age

In five pages this paper examines how the story of England’s Industrial Revolution is retold in this novel by Neal Stephenson. Two sources are listed in the bibliography.

A History of the Modern Middle East/Book Review

A 6 page book review of A History of the Modern Middle East by William Cleveland (1994). This is a complex and scholarly work, designed to present Middle Eastern history to both students and general readers who have not previously studied this subject. The Middle East plays a prominent role in the daily news. In many cases, commentators and policymakers appear mystified by Middle Eastern attitudes and, particularly, by their stance towards the West and the US. Cleveland's history not only explains past events, but also places them within cultural and geographic context that aids the reader in seeing how the region evolved to its present state. No additional sources cited.

Middle Eastern History

An 8 page research paper that discusses various aspects of Middle Eastern history. Topics covered include the coinage of the term "Middle East," and the rise and fall of the Ottoman and Safavid Empires. Bibliography lists 2 sources.