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Term Paper Topics 11th Waves 2008 February
(Due Date March 15)



         Famous Books/Documents - Historical Background, Content, Impact
(1)      CSB      Diderot's Encyclopedie
(2)      KSM      Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations
(3)           Lenin, What is to be done ?
(4)           Abbe Sieyes, What is the First Estate
(5)      KHG      Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman
(6)           Luther's edition of the Old Testament
(7)      GMH      Herzl's The Jewish State
(8)           Leo XIII., Rerum Novarum
(9)      AIC      Spengler, Decline of the West
(10)           Kramer / Sprenger, Malleus Maleficarum
(11)      JK      Il Milione
(12)           Descartes, Discours de la methode
(13)      CWH      Treaty of Westphalia
(14)      KKM      Copernicus, De revolutionibus
(15)      Boss      Treaty of Frankfurt 1871
(16)      PKW      Carlsbad Decrees, 1819
(17)           October Diploma and February Patent, 1860-1861
(18)      PIH      Engels, Condition of the Working Class in England
(19)           Edward Gibbon, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
(20)      SYH      Brothers Grimm, (German) Fairytales
(21)      JDS      Thomas Moore, Utopia
(22)           Gobineau, Essay on the Inequality of Human Races
(23)      BEW      Zola, J'accuse
(24)           The Writings of Henryk Sienkievicz until 1913
(25)      KIH      Ibsen, Doll's House
(26)      KYN      Voltaire, Candide
(27)      LJO      Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population
(28)           The decision to sentence Louis XVI. to death, 1792
(29)           Second Vatican Council

The papers being written in history class, students are asked to emphasize the historical environment in which the documents / books were written, the contents as far as trhey are historically relevant, and the impact they had on history.
Students may differentiate into short-term, medium-term and long-term impact; in a number of cases it also may be advisable to differentiate the impact by region.

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         Dec. 29th 2007          Alexander Ganse






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