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Term Paper Topics 14th Waves 2009 March
(Due Date June. 1st)



We are going to study social history of Western & Central Europe 1789-1914, with focus on family and household - one specific area of history. Every student, at the beginning of the course, will choose a specific topic. We will then examine sources which describe or attempt to describe the living environment. The goal is for students to (1) learn how to take in historical information not as a passive recipient lacking orientation, but as an active recipient with specific questions in mind, (2) to learn how, using a collection of diverse pieces of information which belong to different points in time, different geographical areas and social strate, to compile a cohesive paper describing the development from the French Revolution to World War I, (3) how to systematically look for sources which help them fill gaps in their collection of sources.
Requirements : students will give a presentation on their topic in May and to hand in a paper in June.

        
(1)      Minstrel      Hygiene and Medicine in Medieval Times
(2)      Gatekeeper      Church Life
(3)      Tailor      Education
(4)      Knight in Shining Armour      Marriage
(5)      Empress      Work
(6)      Rebecca      Fashion in Medieval Europe (1000-1300)
(7)      Genghis Khan      Architecture of Medieval Europe and Its Appearance in Films Ivanhoe (1952), Becket (1964), Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972), Kristin Lavransdatter (1995), and El Cid (1961)
(8)      Troll      kitchen / food
(9)      Prospective Saint      The Power of Medieval Women - 12th to 14th Century
(10)      Coffee Girl      Manners
(11)      SBK      Usury in Christian terms and remedies of in medieval Italy - Evaluating the accuracy of the contents of Saint Antonio
(12)      Martian      Entertainment
(13)      the Lion-Hearted      Crime & Punishment
(14)      Nemesis      Medieval Doors & Windows
(15)      Hibernator      superstition



First claim, by email, gets the topic; every topic only once.




         February 4th 2009          Alexander Ganse






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