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.

Heroism in Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying

A five page paper which looks at the concept of heroism in A Lesson Before Dying, and the way in which it is exemplified by the characters of Jefferson and Wiggins, in relation to the socio-cultural values of the era in which the novel is set. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Revolutionary Elements in American and Russian Theatre, 1880 - 1980

A twenty-page paper which looks at the work of selected Russian and American dramatists during the period 1880 to 1980, and assesses the ways in which their work, both in terms of form and content, afforded a revolutionary perspective on the socio-cultural systems of the time. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The Material Culture of Slaves in Early America

A 4 page discussion of how material culture can reflect a blending of cultural influences. Using the example of pottery from early slave quarters found in the archaeological record, this paper suggests a blending of white, slave, and Native American influences. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Civil Rights and Voting Patterns in Presidential Elections

This 5 page paper examines the topic of civil rights and elections between the years 1948 and 1968. Background information is included regarding each of the elections during the time span. The civil rights movement is discussed. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Interaction Between European American And Native American Cultures

4 pages in length. Given the proper circumstances, traditional Native American cultures could never have co-existed alongside European American cultures, inasmuch as neither one even remotely upheld the same attributes. The Native Americans lived their lives in accordance to a higher influence supported by their affinity with the land and its animals; theirs was a cultural existence built upon harmony and compassion. European colonists, by stark contrast, barreled through indigenous country with a 'slash and burn' mentality: To wipe clean any remnant of cultural presence that did not abide by their own myopic – and highly destructive – point of view. As such, there could never have been such a thing as 'proper circumstances' where the cultural rift between European colonists and Native Americans were concerned, illustrating how historical accounts of Puritan settlement were both accurate and inevitable. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

The Emperor Trajan: Socio-Cultural and Economic History

This 4 page paper uses contemporary sources to examine the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan; it also considers the reliability of the sources themselves. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Hippies, and How They Came to Be

This is a 3 page paper that provides an overview of the cultural foundations of the hippie movement in 1960s America. The influence of the Cold War, the civil rights movement, and psychedelics is explored. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Native American Acculturation & How it Affects Educational Achievement

A 9 page exploration of cultural obstacles which face many Native Americans on their moving from the reservations into the dominant white culture and how these obstacles influence educational performance. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The European Impact on Eastern North America in the 16th and 17th Centuries: A View of Canadian History

This 9 page paper considers the issue of the introduction of European influences in Canada in the 16th and 17th centuries. This paper attempts to determine if contact with the indigenous communities during this period produced a significant cultural conflict or if attempts were made to achieve a kind of mutual co-existence. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

European Culture of War: To 1700:

The European social, political and economic cultural structure was not a peaceful process of evolution. This 7 page paper asserts that the many factors that influenced the development of what is now considered Europe includes, perhaps is founded upon, the many wars and disputes that plagued its history. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Cultural Memory, Monuments and Memorials

A 7 page discussion of the phenomena of cultural memory and how this memory is reflected by, and indeed spawned, monuments and memorials. Defines cultural memory and emphasizes that such memory is an evolutionary process. Provides a background of the history of the Washington monument and relates how the cultural memory of this and other monuments and memorials has changed over time. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Cultural Revolution--the Sixties

An 8 page research paper/essay that examines the idea of the 1960s as a cultural revolution. The 1960s are often referred as a time of cultural revolution in the United States and in other Western countries, but how useful is this term in describing this turbulent period? The connotation associated with the phrase "cultural revolution" suggests that this does not refer either political or economic considerations, as the basic structure of the nation, its economy or government were not radically altered. Rather, in this context, the phrase "cultural revolution" refers to the changes that occurred during this time in everyday life, as different groups agitated for civil and political rights (within the system) and societal mores evolved and transformed to encompass new ideas. From this understanding of what "cultural revolution" means, a look at the history of this era shows that, indeed, the term is apt and provides a concise way of referring to the societal transformations that occurred at this time. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Russian Art - From Russian Realism and the Rebel Fourteen to the Post Severe Style Era

This 263 page paper examines the development of art in Russia starting from the 1860’s and the emergence of Russian realism, considering the emergence of the rebellion fourteen and the Peredvizniki, also known as the wanderers. The paper than tracks the development by looking at the development and evolution of Russian impressionism, social realism, socialist realism, Soviet realism, soviet impressionism and the severe style. In all styles the development, influence and manifestation of the style are discussed along with the work of specific artists that produced notable works. Illustrations of the notable works are included. The bibliography cites 69 sources.