Literature as the Mirror of History

A 5 page research paper that argues that literature has always held up a mirror to history. Karl Marx contends in his writing that all of history is the history of class welfare. While this may or may not be true, depending on one's perspective, a more compelling argument can be made that literature has, throughout its history, provided a mirror for history. The writer discusses this premise using examples from Aristophanes, Beowulf and others. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Thucydides/The Peloponnesian War

A 3 page essay that analyzes the writing style employed by the ancient Greek historian Thucydides in writing his classic history of the Peloponnesian War. The writer focuses on Thucydides' use of narrative and rhetorical arguments. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Two Versions of Indiana History: A Review of the August 1, 1997 Article by Lucy Hoyce Kamau in “History Today”

A 5 page critical literature review of “Out of Harmony” written by Lucy Hoyce Kamau. Discusses the author’s effective illustration that the “official” history of Posey County Indiana presented by the New Harmony Museum provides only a distorted view of the communal Harmonists and Owenists who occupied the area for a brief period of time in the early 1800s. Stresses that the role of the common farmer and other occupants of the area is more adequately presented in the folk history of the area. No other sources listed.

Hayden White's "The Content Of The Form; Narrative Discourse And Historical Representation" And Thomas Kuhn's "Structure Of Scientific Revolution" - Approach Comparison

5 pages in length. The writer compares approaches between the two authors by illustrating that when discussing the significance of this comparison, what it teaches, why anyone should care about it and what it tells about history, it is important to expound upon 1) the important role history plays in mankind's overall understanding of himself and how that understanding is sometimes based upon more of personal perception than accounts of reality and 2) how science has served to virtually reconstruct man's existence in every way. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

The Korean War and Implications for the US

This 3 page paper explores the history with North and South Korea and contends that that history demands our continued involvement. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

The Era of Enlightenment and Industrialization

This 6 page paper provides an overview of two periods in American history and reflects the impacts on America. This paper considers the influences of the Era of Englightenment and the Industrial Revolution on the history and progression of this country. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Dominican Republic, Its History and People

This 3 page research paper reports on the history of the Dominican Republic. The writer discusses the history of its settlement, its association with pirates, its language and the ethnic origins of its people. Bibliography lists 4 sources.


This 3-page paper provides a brief history about Toyota Motor Corp., the Toyota production system and recent articles written about the company. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

History of the Dictionary

An 8 page research paper that offers a brief history of the dictionary. While the writer mentions early dictionary, the research concentrates on the compilation of the first English dictionaries, focusing specifically on the dictionaries written by Samuel Johnson and Noah Webster, which culminated in that magnificent Victorian project, the Oxford English Dictionary. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Imperialism in the Middle East

This 10 page paper how and why imperialism took place in the Middle East. The paper covers history form the emergence of written records up to The Treaty of Versailles. This includes the Hellenic conquest of Alexander the Great, the Roman conquest, the Crusades, the Suez Canal and the roles of Spain, France, and Britain. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

Theoretical Questions in Historical Context

This 10 page paper is broken down into three sections, each answering questions posed by a student. Many topics are addressed with a focus on Karl Marx, his writings, and French society. Jean Paul Sartre and his ideas about historical materialism are discussed. Karl Marx's contributions, and those of other theorists are evaluated in the context of the history of France. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Washington Irving

5 pages in length. As one of America's most celebrated authors who is often called the father of the American short story, Washington Irving's illustrious career spanned a multitude of literary classifications including poetry, essays, travel writing, biography, columns and short stories. His two most famous works – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle firmly etched in literary history – Irving endeavored to capture a complementary combination of fiction, fantasy and reality. Bibliography lists 5 sources.


This 6 page paper uses the text of Anne Moody's book, Coming of Age in Mississippi, as well as the writings of Clayton and Salmond's Debating Southern History, to construct a truer image of the plight of the poor, southern, black woman living in the fifties and sixties and how one woman, Anne Moody, affected the Civil Rights Movement. Quotes cited from the text. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Gordon S. Wood/The American Revolution

A 3 page book review of The American Revolution, A History by Gordon S. Wood, which offers the reader an articulate, well-written, expertly researched summary of the events and situations that led up to the war with Great Britain, which resulted in the birth of the United States. Wood’s obvious purpose is to provide a comprehensive synthesis of scholarship, but he also establishes several salient themes that add insight into the period and its political and social atmosphere for his readers. No additional sources cited.

Nature in Narratives of Americanness Between 1840 and 1860

A 6 page consideration of some of the more notable writings in this period in American history. The paper emphasizes that references to nature made by great writers like Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman, and Twain, all reflect that each of these men prided themselves on individuality, self reliance, and independence, qualities that encapsulate Americanness.