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Term Paper Topics 16th Waves 2012 September



Main Theme : Collages of Biographies or Places

Papers are to illustrate a period in history by selecting 8-12 persons or places which they regard representative for the period they deal with.
Together the chapters shall give a representative and balanced account of the history of the region & period.

Explanation : sometimes, individuals / locations epitomize a historical period/development, contribute to its definition. Example : Sudan in Transition, 1820-1956 :
Persons : Charles Gordon who, as governor of the Sudan serving the Khedive of Egypt, abolished slavery in the Sudan, and the Mahdi, who in 1884-1885 led a Sudanese rebellion against the (reformist) Egyptian administration of the Sudan. In response, Charles Gordon returned to the Sudan to defend Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, which was threatened by the Sudan. Both died in 1885.
In this example, the two characters represent different views on the policy of modernization. In the collage to be created, the juxtaposition of persons from different ethnic, religious background, of different political opinion, the juxtaposition of leaders who affect change/action and of persons who are affected, is to shed light at the era.
Locations : Khartoum, where the conflict culminates; Cairo - capital of Egypt, of which Sudan was a province; London (at that time Egypt was a British protectorate), Darfur as the home province of the Mahdi etc.
The juxtaposition of locations shall shed a light on the history of the region & era different from the usual narrative.
The reference list shall be divided in at least two sections, one : secondary sources, which may include encyclopedic sources such as the Wikipedia, the other primary sources.

An example of a book written like a location collage is Anna Reid : Borderland : A Journey through the History of Ukraine, 1985 (library has it).


(1)      Isabella III      Colonial Rule in India, 1858-1947 : Persons
(2)      Sungjin      China and the Western World, 1840-1911 : Persons
(3)      Samurina      High Imperialism in East Africa, 1885-1914 : Persons
(4)      Seohee      The Caribbean during the Sugar Boom, 1654-1880 : Persons
(5)           Mesoamerica and Andean America in the Age of the Conquistadores, 1509-1560 : Persons
(6)      Kangaroo      Modernizing Russia 1689-1796 : Persons
(7)      Hyunchae      The Later Roman Empire, 284-476 : Persons
(8)      Hye Jin      Central Asia in Transition, 1800-1945 : Persons
(9)      Nuri      South Africa, 1652-1948 : Persons
(10)           Indonesia, 1600-1948 : Persons
(11)           Central Asia in Transition, 1800-1945 : Persons
(12)      Yoo Seung-In      Egypt, 1805-1954 : Persons
(13)      Chang Hyejin      Ottoman Empire, 1798-1924 : Persons
(14)           West Africa 1930-1960 : Persons
(15)           West Africa 1958-1990 : Persons

(16)      Ventris      Colonial Rule in India, 1858-1947 : Places
(17)      Soho      China and the Western World, 1840-1911 : Places
(18)           High Imperialism in East Africa, 1885-1914 : Places
(19)      Sicilian Sissy      The Caribbean during the Sugar Boom, 1654-1880 : Places
(20)           Mesoamerica and Andean America in the Age of the Conquistadores, 1509-1560 : Places
(21)      Anastasia      Modernizing Russia 1689-1796 : Places
(22)      Kojak      The Later Roman Empire, 284-476 : Places
(23)           Central Asia in Transition, 1800-1945 : Places
(24)      Elina      South Africa, 1652-1948 : Places
(25)      Sehee      Indonesia, 1600-1948 : Places
(26)           Central Asia in Transition, 1800-1945 : Places
(27)      Bathroom Soprano      Egypt, 1805-1954 : Places
(28)           Ottoman Empire, 1798-1924 : Places
(29)           West Africa 1930-1960 : Places
(30)      Don Carlos      West Africa 1958-1990 : Places

other topics of similar scope are acceptable, if agreed to by the teacher.




         March 8th 2012          Alexander Ganse






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