Posted on December 27th 2012



Outstanding Papers of Spring 2008 :

General Observation : When history classes at KMLA began, the school library had limited stocks of books; the amount and quality of information which was available on the internet without restriction was limited. Hence, many students' papers relied heavily on encyclopedic information, notably on the Wikipedia. From 2008 onward, therefore the teacher undertook measures to lead the students to primary sources (in this semester introducing Punch Magazine; historic newspapers online, such as the New Yotk Times).


Overall Best Paper :

12th waver Kim, Hyun Kyu, The Economic Boycott Declared against Italy by the League of Nations, and why it Failed

Military history buff Kim, Hyun Kyu, in his 2nd semester in Mr. Ganse's class, analyses a turning point in Interbellum history. His paper, while still largely dependent on encyclopedic sources, impresses by its organization, its distance to the sources used, its multiperspectivity.

Further Outstanding Papers (in alphabetical order, by author) :

11th waver Choi, Jungyun, A Comparative Economic History of Florence and Venice during the Italian Renaissance

In her first semester of taking Mr. Ganse's history class, this student displayed excellent English proficiency as well as study skills; she was active and outspoken in class discussion. Her paper contains a clear, defendable thesis and is based on solid references.

12th waver Jang, Yoojin, The Dreyfus Affair As Portrayed in Punch 1898-1900

Class was given a booklet containing full-page copies of Punch cartoons from 1898-1900, and a set of paper topics to choose from. Jang, Yoojin chose the Dreyfus Affair. In order to place individual cartoons into the historical context, she used New York Times articles of the time. A solid paper.

11th waver Kim, Hyo Jin, The Korean War in Cinematography

For this paper, Kim, Hyo Jin had to find her own primary sources (the movies). The paper convinces by its organization.

12th waver Lee, Jin Hyuck, The Den Haag Peace Conference 1899-1900 as Portrayed in Punch

Another paper interpreting Punch cartoons. This paper stands out by spotting and interpreting tiny details of the selected cartoons.

12th waver Lee, Joo Hyung, The French Occupation of the Rhineland, 1919-1930

Lee, Joo Hyung used to live abroad, where he attended a French language middle school. He chose a paper relating to French history, and made use of French-language Wikipedia articles (which, in matters pertaining to French history tend to be more detailed than English-language articles on the same topic). He maintains proper distance to his sources and Provides a decent, differentiated account, albeit leaning to a(n objective) French view of the affair.

12th waver Lee, Yeonhwa, Samoa 1899 as Portrayed in Punch

Another paper interpreting Punch cartoons. This paper stands out by making minimal use of modern encyclopedic sources and by using a variety of primary sources Which help her interpreting the cartoons and placing them in a wider historical context.

KMLA History Program, Term Paper Topics from Spring 2008

Presentation Topics : AP Euro, Summer Session 2008
Term Paper Topics : AP Euro, Summer Session 2008
Presentation Topics, 11th Wave : AP World, May 2008
Term Paper Topics, 11th Wave : AP World, Mar. 2008
Term Paper Topics, 11th Wave : AP World, Feb. 2008
Term Paper Topics, 12th wavers : AP Euro, May 2008
Term Paper Topics, 12th wavers : AP Euro, Apr. 2008
Term Paper Topics, 12th wavers : AP Euro, Mar. 2008
Term Paper Topics, 12th wavers : AP Euro, Feb. 2008