World History at
Term Paper Topics 12th Waves 2008 February
(Due Date March 15)
European Russia, Regional History
(1) History of the Central and Lower Volga Valley
(2) History of the Urals
(3) History of Russia's North
(4) History of Russia's Black Soil Country
(5) History of Northern Caucasia
(6) History of the Neva and Volkhov Valley
(7) History of the Central and Lower Volga Valley
Spain, Regional History
(8) KGB History of Andalucia
(9) PYJ History of Galicia
(10) CJY History of Asturias
(11) RHS History of the Basque Country
(12) History of the Balearic Isles
Italy, Regional History
(13) JYJ History of the Romagna
(14) History of Sardinia
(15) LJH History of Corsica
(16) History of Friuli
(17) History of Alto Adige
(18) History of Apulia
Scandinavia, Regional History
(19) LSE History of Scania (Skåne)
(20) History of the Land of the Sami (Lappland)
(21) History of Karelia
(22) LHR Ecclesiastic History of Core Russia
(23) LSH (Mafia) Ecclesiastic History of Ireland
(24) KSJ Ecclesiastic History of Ukraine
(25) KYK (Pillow) Ecclesiastic History of Belgium
(26) SBS Ecclesiastic History of the Czech Republic
(27) KYW Administrative History of Switzerland
(28) KSW Administrative History of Hungary
(29) LYH Administrative History of former Yugoslavia
(30) Administrative History of Ukraine
(31) KSI Administrative History of Romania
(32) HJE Administrative History of France
(33) LSH Administrative History of the Netherlands
(34) CSJ Demographic History of Ireland
(35) PHS Russia as Immigration Country
(36) History of the Russian Pale
(37) CHR Demographic History of France
(38) Tumulus (09) Demographic History of Italy
(39) CSY Demographic History of Germany
(40) Demographic History of Sweden
(41) History of the Gypsy Population on the Balkans Peninsula
(42) YHW History of the Gypsy Population on the Iberian Peninsula
(43) CNJ Demographic History of Greece
(44) Demographic History of Ukraine
(45) YYJ The History of Urbanization in Russia
(46) CJH The History of Urbanization in France
(47) PYS The History of Urbanization in Italy
(48) The History of Urbanization in Poland
(49) NDW The History of Urbanization on the Iberian Peninsula
European Economic History
(50) KHK History of the Mining Industry
(5I) PKR History of Ports as Centers of Trade
(52) KYK (Youngconomics) History of Bourses and Stock Markets
(53) OTH History of Banks
(54) CHY History of National Banks
The main task of essays this month is Periodization; students are to establish criteria according to which they
subdivide the period examined into eras. The criteria may be of political, economic, ecclesiastic, military
For some topics, sources may not set in prior to 1200 A.D., in case of others they may begin as far back as
500 B.C.; students may start their papers as far back as they want, but have to cover the history of their topic
until today, with the emphasis on the time since 1500.
Expected paper length 8-12 pages single space, in line with the papers written in fall semester. The length
of the period covered may force students to generalize, with focus on the topic.
In a number of cases, countries are listed in topics which existed only for a short time (Yugoslavia), gained
separate identity as a state only recently (Czech Republic, Ukraine, Belgium) only recently or do not even
have such a separate identity as a state (Sardinia, the Middle and Lower Volga Valley etc.), or as states,
have undergone large scale changes (Hungary, Germany etc.).
In such cases, students are expected to define the territory of their research and trace the history of that
territory back into earlier phases of history, or further beyond the time the state ceased to exist.
Students should consider if differentiation of the geographic unit in question into regions is advisable.
Students are encouraged to write their papers in two steps; in a first step they try to get an overview,
establish a reference list, a list of keywords, and with this information, approach their teacher for comment.
The teacher will not comment on periodization, just on keywords and sources.
In a second phase the students will write the essays in question.
The emphasis in the grading process will be on : how plausible is the periodization decided upon by the
individual student ? Were any major changes omitted ?
Did the student use sources going beyond the level of encyclopedic sources ? Did he miss essential,
easily accessible English language sources ? Students are not expected to bring in sources from
outside KMLA / from the internet requiring payment. The usage of other libraries & sources is not
How differentiated is the account ? Does the paper by-and-large properly reflect the area discussed, or
does he/she omit significant elements of population etc. ?
In the geographical definition of the research area the student came up with plausible ?
Every topic only once; first email gets the topic. Use the email address given below.
Dec. 29th 2007