Microhistory Europe Early 16th Century

A 9 page paper that discusses microhistorical events of the early to mid-16th century by discussing three specific books: Ginzburg's The Cheese and the Worm: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth Century Miller; Davis' The Return of Martin Guerre; and Nalle's Mad for God: Bartolome Sanchez, the Secret Messiah of Cardenete. The paper comments on the topic of religion and oppression found in these microhistorical accounts. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

"The Princess of Cleves"

An eight-page paper looking at this seventeenth century novel by Marie de La Fayette. The paper shows how the events of this unabashedly "women's novel" nonetheless contain social criticism and a clear insight into French history in the sixteenth century. Bibliography lists seven sources.

The Scientific Revolution

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, in Europe, people began to see and understand the world in an entirely new way. The Scientific Revolution brought about the transformation of thought concerning the nature of the world and man's place within that world. This 11 page paper examines the roots of the scientific revolution and profiles four influential men: Galileo, Copernicus, Newton and Descartes. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Exodus as the Theme of the Civil Rights Movement

This 5 page report discusses the fact that the biblical story of Exodus serves as powerful example and ideal for the struggles of the 20th century Civil Rights Movement in America. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood that the use of Exodus as both a metaphor and a source of hope was particularly powerful in terms of its religious connotations, as well as its emotional appeal. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Intercultural Relationships in 'The Unredeemed Captive' by John Demos

This 10 page paper considers this factually based book which examines the relationship between the English, the French and the Native Americans in the early eighteenth century. This is undertaken through the story of the Williams family, following the story of Eunice Williams who chooses not to return when her family are released. The paper considers the relationship between the Native Americans and the French in their fragile alliance and the Puritan behaviour of John Williams concerning his daughter. The bibliography cites 1 source.


Martin Luther King Jr. was considered one of the most controversial figures in the Civil Rights Movement. While he was lauded by many in his stance for freedom, he was criticized by others for his non-violent stance. This paper examines the life and philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr and some of the high points of his life, including Birmingham. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Ottoman Empire And The First Balkan War

12 pages in length. As a bold statement against the existing Ottoman Empire, an authority that had been in operation since the early sixteenth century, the First Balkan War was in response to the Young Turks having spread their fingers of control well beyond any reasonable extent. This particular monarchy, which held power for almost four hundred years, was something the Balkan people had long accepted as their lot in life; however, the twentieth century brought with it a decline in the authority of the Ottoman Empire along with the dependence inherent to unwanted political subjugation. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

William Kennedy's 'Ironweed' / Annie and Helen

A 10 page paper on William Kennedy's 'Ironweed,' which describes the differences in the life experiences of the two women who run with Francis. Francis is a murderous ex-baseball player who returns to family after destroying Helen. Helen reconciles herself in death. This paper postulates that this story is another parochial vision of the "woman is to blame for everything," while the man can always return as the prodigal son. Therefore, it delivers a dangerous message in a safe-sex world.

Early Modern Absolute Monarchy, Baroque Style And Scientific Revolution: Responses To The Turmoil Of The Sixteenth And Seventeenth Centuries

5 pages in length. Introducing such revolutionary concepts as were developed during the scientific revolution truly transformed the way in which the world operated. So many inventions changed how people lived their lives that it was not difficult to leave behind the archaic in favor of the new and improved. However, contemporary inventions were not the only influences during that period; rather, there was a substantial expansion of human rights and basic freedoms due directly to the Enlightenment. Both the scientific revolution and Enlightenment periods, along with baroque style and early modern absolute monarchy, served as responses to the turmoil of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, signaling significant changes to come. Bibliography lists 4 sources.


This 4 page paper is a report on the book: Ordinary Courage by Josephy Plumb Martin. Quotes cited from text which deals with Revolutionary war. Bibliography lists 1 source.

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.

Martin Luther King’s Ideals of Non-Violent Social Changes in Relation to the Civil Rights Movement and Legal System of His Time and Since

This is a 6 page paper outlining Martin Luther King’s messages on non-violence and brotherly love on the legal system during his time and in modern day. An outline of the civil rights movements during the time of Martin Luther King and their effects on the legal system in the United States were prominent in their time but have since evolved into quite a different movement in today’s society. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, King and his colleagues promoted the non-violent action towards peace and equality among men and women in the country. Inspired by Gandhi’s non-violent ideals, King was often criticized by other activists of the “black power” movement who demanded more action and protests rather than peaceful initiatives. Nevertheless, because of many of the peaceful initiatives backed by King affiliated well developed organizations, many civil rights policies were implemented in the legal system during King’s time. In the years since King’s death however, the social movements in the black and social rights communities have changed into more conservative movements and focused largely on the political climate and unemployment, illegal drugs, violence and urban blight. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

Paris, 18th Century/London, 19th Century

A 5 page research paper that examines Paris in the eighteenth century and London in the nineteenth. The writer argues that an examination of these two cities in these respective centuries shows that the situations in each case could not have existed elsewhere or else-when. In each case the contributions to Western civilization that arose from each city were unique and came about as the result of specific circumstances in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Civil Rights Movement: Rosa Parks & Martin Luther King, Jr.

This 9 page paper discusses the contributions of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The writer recounts Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 and also explains the segregation laws concerning the buses in Montgomery. A small group of black women then distributed flyers asking blacks not to use the bus on the following Monday. A new committee was formed with a relatively new resident of the city as its leader - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The writer then recounts some of King's remarkable work and achievements on behalf of the civil rights movement. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

History Of Child Rearing Practices

This 5 page paper provides an overview of child-rearing practices beginning in the 1800s. The 20th century was called the century of the child by the National Congress of Mothers in 1899. The writer reports the focus during that century was not on the child. The essay comments on changes in society and beliefs about children and childhood. Bibliography lists 6 sources.