Russia and Westernization

A 5 page research paper that discusses the radical changes that Peter the Great instigated in Russia in the eighteenth century. The writer describes how Peter's goal was to reshape Russia in the cultural image of Europe. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Russian History

This 22- page paper is comprised of four shorter papers dealing with Russia. The first is a 17-page paper that traces the history of Russia from ancient rulers, through the Romanov dynasty, the Decembrist revolution, the revolution of 1905 and the Revolution of 1917. It discusses the Communist period, and the post-Communist period, and touches on economic problems today as well as ethnic conflicts. Bibliography lists 6 sources. The second paper, which is incorporated into the whole, is a 3-page essay describing some of Russia's cultural icons. Bibliography lists 1 source. The third paper, which is incorporated into the whole, is a 3-page essay describing Russian and Soviet geography. Bibliography lists 2 sources. The fourth paper, which is incorporated into the whole, is a 2-page essay describing Russian demographics. Bibliography lists 1 source.

The Cold War: Causes, Treaties, and Ongoing Tensions

This 6 page paper traces the root causes of the Cold War all the way back to the Russian Civil War and discusses how the tensions between the US and Russia magnified during the middle war years and World War II. Incidents such as the Cuban Missile Crisis almost resulted in full-out war. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

History of West Africa: Mali, Ghana, and Songhay

An 11 page paper which discusses various aspects of the history of West Africa as it involves the empires of Mali, Ghana, and Songhay. The issues of slavery and Islam are discussed. Bibliography lists 6 sources

Anti-Westernism In Fundamentalist Middle East

This 7 page paper argues that The current fundamentalist society in the middle east (1)considers all other political systems as inferior; (2) is embarked in what is defined as a 'holy war' against those countries and societies that are in opposition to Islam and is bent on and (3) is based on an extremist view of both religious and political organization. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Validity of the US War on Terror

This 9 page paper explores the history of terrorism as is presented by radical Islam and examines questions regarding whether our current fight against it is justified. Bibliography lists 6 sources.


This essay examines the period of time in Spain during which the land was under Islam rule. The paper examines the impact that the Muslims had on Spanish architecture, art and music. Bibliograpy lists 4 sources.

The Role of Religious, Nationalistic, and Social Grievances in the 1978-1979 Iranian Revolution and the 1980 Hezbolah Movement in Lebanon

A 7 page discussion of the numerous causes behind the 1978-1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and indeed behind the Hizb Allah (Hezbollah) movement in Lebanon which occurred the following year. These causes were religion, nationalistic and social. While the effects of each were focused on the Middle East, the West was also heavily impacted by these developments. Examines the role of Islam in the events which unfolded and the potential for future revolution. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Islam: Prohibitions Against the Use of Intoxicants

A 6 page review of Islam's prohibitions against the use of intoxicants. The author examines that prohibition. Segments of the Quran are quoted that specifically prohibit alcohol use and the justification for those prohibitions is discussed. These justifications center around alcohol's negative impacts on both individual and societal health. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

The Ongoing Civil War in the Sudan

This 4 page report discusses the civil war between the Muslim-led government against non-Muslim black rebels since Sudan gained independence in 1956. The government controls little territory in the southern part of the state and regional boundaries are drawn according to ethnic and historical battle lines. The southerners of the Sudan are dark-skinned Africans who practice Christianity and traditional animist religions while the northerners are richer and more numerous, practice Islam, speak Arabic, and control the central government in Khartoum. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Success of the Russian Revolution in 1917

This 8 page paper looks at the uprising in 1905 and why the Russian autocracy prevailed as compared with the success of the revolution in 1917. Marxism in Russia is explored. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

The Warsaw Pact: A Vehicle for Russian Imperialism?

A 5 page discussion of the role of the 1955 Warsaw Pact in Russia's past and present imperialistic tendencies. Cautions that while the Warsaw Pact was dissolved with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russian imperialism continues to present many concerns to world order. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

France, Austria and Russia

A five page paper which looks at some elements of the history of Austria, France and Russia between 1815 and 1919, with particular reference to state terrorism as a means of controlling dissent.

Strategies of the Axis Powers in World War II

An eight page paper which considers the ways in which the Axis powers might have employed alternative strategies and tactics during the Second World War in order to produce an outcome more favourable to them. The writer looks specifically at Russia’s engagement with Germany on the Eastern Front, the Battle of Midway, the Normandy Landings and the role of Mussolini in Italy’s military involvement. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Skocpol's States and Social Revolution

In 7 pages, the author reports on Theda Skocpol's States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China, and discusses what she perceives to be the question Skocpol is trying to answer, Skocpol's main argument, the theory Skocpol draws, how this answer was reached, the methods used in research, flaws with the argument or theory, and critical comments are given. No additional source cited.