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.

FROM HERE TO ECONOMY - AN ANALYSIS

This 4-page paper focuses on Buchholt'z "Here To Economy," and explores his ideas that the three greatest economic events were the industrial revolution, the Great Depression, and the information technology age. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Impact of the Great War on Western Literature

A 4 page essay that discusses the impact of the “Great War,” that is, World War I on Western literature. World War I is known for its “mindless squandering of human life with negligible results” (Hull 17). During its era, it was known as the Great War, the war to end all wars, as well as the war that would make the world “safe” for democracy. The Great War accomplished none of these purposes and, when it was over, the survivors were gripped by grief, guilt, rage and, in the case of one German lance corporal, a young man named Adolf Hitler, by the desire for revenge (Hull 17). The Great War had another significant effect in that it had a tremendous impact on the course of modern Western literature. The collective consciousness of both Europe and America was forever changed by World War I and this change was reflected in the literature produced both during the Great War and in the decades afterward. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Peter Dear: “Miracles, Experiments and the Ordinary Course of Nature”

This 4 page paper discusses Peter Dear’s article “Miracles, Experiments and the Ordinary Course of Nature” and argues that his main point is to trace why scientific thought in France and England developed along different paths, even though both countries were in the midst of the Scientific Revolution. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Opium War, 1840-1842: Barbarians in the Celestial Empire in the Early Part of the Nineteenth Century and the War by Which They Forced Her Gates by Peter Ward Fay

This 5 page paper is a critique of the book Opium War, 1840-1842: Barbarians in the Celestial Empire in the Early Part of the Nineteenth Century and the War by Which They Forced Her Gates by Peter Ward Fay, looking at the content as well as the general approach, underlying research and the style of the writing. The bibliography cites 4 sources.

Wiencek/On George Washington

A 9 page book review that reports on Henry Wiencek's An Imperfect God, which is a biography of George Washington that offers a different view of this Founding Father, as Wiencek concentrates on Washington's role as a slaveholder. Drawing heavily on critical analysis of this text authored by historian Peter Henriques, the writer presents an argument that rejects Wiencek's overarching thesis, which is that Washington underwent an epiphany which caused him to reject slavery and free his slaves, is not supported by the evidence offered. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Operation Rollback

A 5 page research paper that examines Peter Grose's book on Operation Rollback, which is the saga of various American intelligence agencies and their endeavors to overthrow Communism during the Cold War. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Two Visions of War/Voltaire and Malouf

A 5 page essay that contrasts and compares Voltaire's Candide and David Malouf's Fly Away Peter. The writer argues that these two anti-war novels approach their subject from very different perspectives, yet there is common ground also. No additional sources cited.

Chapter Summaries: The Cold War and the Greater West Asian Crisis

This 4 page paper summarizes two textbook chapters: the cold war and the greater Asian crisis.

Colonial Perceptions of Indian Culture in Sherman Alexie’s “How to Write the Great American Indian Novel”

This is a 6 page paper that provides an overview of Alexie's "How to Write the Great American Indian Novel". A post-colonial critique of the text is carried out. Bibliography lists 1 source.

American History Discussion Questions

This is a 4 page paper that provides an overview of American history. Issues such as the Great Depression and civil rights are addressed in short essay answers. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Lincoln's Role in Emancipation

This 5 page essay relates to the debate as to whether or not Lincoln deserves the designation of the Great Emancipator. The writer relates the position of Stephen B. Oates, who argues that he does and also that of Vincent Harding, who presents the opposing view. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Slavery In Colonial America

A 6 page paper on slavery in Colonial America in which the writer discusses such concepts as slave societies, slaves as an economic necessity, etc.; Sections also focus on the hardships endured by slaves including physical abuse, mental torture, and more. Social and political issues as they existed are examined in great detail and the paper concludes with words on how early U.S. political ideology began to attack slavery and plant the seeds for eventual conflict between the North and South. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Alistair Horne's "Price of Glory - Verdun 1916" (1963)

In 5 pages, the author gives a general overview of Alistair Horne's "Price of Glory - Verdun 1916" (1963). The Battle of Verdun was a strategic one in the Great War. This book is an extraordinary and unique depiction of the World War I. The reader will find him/herself there in Verdun in 1916 along with Horne (1963) and his vivid account of French history in the Great War. The entire procession of people and events is exceptionally vivid. Bibliography lists 1 source.

The History of Japanese - Western Relations from 1400 to 1700

This is a 5 page paper discussing Japanese foreign relations with the West between the years 1400 and 1700. The years from 1400 to 1700 in Japan covered three Japanese historical periods: the Muromachi Period (1333-1573); the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573-1603); and, the Edo Period (1603-1867) which also included the great eras of the Shogun. While these centuries are generally not known for their great developments in international trade for Japan, there were certain instances in which Chinese and Western trade and influences and relations were introduced into Japan. During the mid 16th century, the Japanese greatly valued Portuguese weaponry which played a large factor in the ongoing warlord conflicts. By the late 16th century, foreign relations and trade had also been established with Britain, Spain and the Dutch who were as interested in the Japanese artisan goods as were the Japanese interested in goods imported from the Americas such as tobacco and sweet potatoes among other goods. Through the relations established with the English, Western shipbuilding and navigation tools were also of great value. During the mid-17th century however, shogun Iemitsu wanted to strengthen Japan by eliminating foreign influence which included further restrictions on Christianity, which had been introduced by the missionaries in the 1500s, a ban on travel outside of Japan, expulsion of foreign trade merchants and a ban on European literature among other restrictions thereby decreasing foreign trade and relations with the West. Bibliography lists 2 sources.