Posted on December 24th 2012



Outstanding Papers of Fall 2009 :

Overall Best Paper :

12th waver Ryu, Hye Jin, Nationalism and High School History Instruction : A Comparison of History Books from China, Korea and Japan

12th waver Ryu, Hye Jin wrote this term paper in her senior year; she took Mr. Ganse's class for 3 semesters in a row.
Whenever a revisionist high school history textbook is reissued in Japan, the Korean and Chinese governments protest, and the matter makes headlines in newspapers and tv news all across the world. Ryu, Hye Jin is a Korean who lived For many years in China, where she attended an international school. When she entered my class, she was trilingual (Korean, Chinese, English); she can read Japanese as well. So I suggested to her, as a research project to compare the history textbooks in use in the PR China, in the Republic of Korea and in Japan. The result is the longest research paper ever written at KMLA, 120 pages. Ryu, Hye Jin entered Stanford University.


Best Paper of a Student New to Mr. Ganse's History Class :

13th waver Choi, Jeong Hoon, Impact of Climate Change in East Asian History

Choi, Jeong Hoon wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 1st semester; he went on to stay in class for 3 semesters.
The author is a history buff who previously to entering this class took classes on Oriental history. For this overview paper he looked into numerous primary and secondary sources. A thorough analysis.


14th waver Park, Hyun, Scandals in French History Portrayed in Historic Encyclopedias

The freshmen were given topics for which they were to use 19th to early 20th century encyclopedias as primary sources. Encyclopedias were slow in reporting on contemporary scandals. Park, Hyun was not satisfied with the content of English language encyclopedias accessible to her. She showed initiative by accessing a Danish language encyclopedia, which helped her get a better picture.

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

12th waver Choi, June Young, The Introduction of Tropical Flavours into British Cuisine, 1850-1950

Choi, June Young entered Mr. Ganse's history class at the beginning of his senior year. A hobby cook, he wanted to write a research paper which would combine history and cooking. Teacher and student agreed on the aforementioned topic.
When Choi, June Young took on his research paper, I had my doubts if the primary source base we had identified (British cookbooks published at different historic points of time) would provide a sufficient basis. I have seen many research projects of high school students being stranded, remaining incomplete or being abandoned, and this one was likely to go that way. Surprisingly, with great tenacity, Choi, June Young pulled it off, wrote a spirited, concise, comprehensive and original paper, which helped him get into Duke University.


13th waver Kang, Jun-suk, A History of Textiles in Egypt

Kang, Jun-suk wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 3rd semester; he went on to stay in class for 5 semesters. The WHKMLA country index pages on Egypt, OttomanEgypt, Mamluk Sultanate of Cairo and Egypt 641-1517 provided him with a host of links to sources on the history of the country. For his paper, he found numerous additional sources. His paper is a thorough analysis providing balanced coverage for the various periods in Egyptian history he discusses. Later I have received an email which confused this high school term paper with an academic thesis.

12th waver Kim, Hyun Kyu, The Historical Development of Aerial Bombardment from Guernica (1937) to Dresden (1945)

Kim, Hyun Kyu is a history buff and military history enthusiast. He wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 5th semester in a row.
He used New York Times articles as primary sources. The emphasis of the paper was on the damage and on the victims, as well as on the position taken by the New York Times.


12th waver Lee, Yeonhwa, Comparative History of Education in West Africa (British) Gold Coast / Ghana and (French) Cote d'Ivoire

Lee, Yeonhwa wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 5th semester in a row. The WHKMLA country index pages on Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire provided her with a host of links to sources on the history of the countries. She found additional sources and produced a thorough paper which covers both the colonial and the post-colonial era. She was awarded the grand prize for her presentation on the topic at the KMLA Academic Festival 2009.

12th waver Lim, Seung Hwan, Chinese Loans 1861-1911

Lim, Seung Hwan wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 5th semester in a row.
The WHKMLA country index page on Qing China provided him with a host of links to sources on the history of the country. He went beyond, finding additional sources, and wrote a thorough analysis of this chapter of Chinese economic history.


13th waver Song, Jeeun, History of Metallurgy and Mining in the Andean Region

Song, Jeeun wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 3rd semester in a row; she went on to stay in class for 5 semesters.
She spent a lot of thought, time and effort on research as well as on the composition of this paper. The result is a thorough overview and analysis from Pre-Columbian times until today.


13th waver Yoon, Sung Ah, The History of Nutrition in South America

Yoon, Sung Ah wrote this spirited paper during her first semester in Mr. Ganse's history class. She told class that on weekends when she went home her family visited restaurants offering South American cuisine, an original way of doing research. Her paper provides an overview over the history of South American nutrition differentiating several eras, an interesting and amusing read.

14th waver Ryu, Seung Hyun, Character Development of Napoleon III in Encyclopedic Biographies published between 1885 and 1911

Ryu, Seung Hyun wrote this paper while attending Mr. Ganse's history class for the 2nd semester in a row. Napoleon III. is a multi-faceted figure; accounts on him vary depending on the political position of the author, and on the time when they were written. Ryu, Seung Hyun wrote this paper with sensitivity.

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

13th waver Cho, Yeon Ju, Historic of Textiles in East Asia Cho, Yeon Ju wrote this paper while attending Mr. Ganse's history class for the second semester in a row. The paper provides a solid overview.

12th waver Chung, Sangyun, Historic Encyclopedias on Darwinism Chung, Sangyun, in his 5th semester in Mr. Ganse's class, wrote this research paper based on English language primary sources. The choice of the topic was motivated by his interest in biology.

12th waver Jung, Jewon, The International Centre of Fascist Studies (CINEF) and Its Yearbook : Survey of Fascism 1928 Jung, Jewon wrote this research paper while attending Mr. Ganse's history class for the second semester in a row. The primary source was published in 1928, prior to the Wall Street Crash (1929) and to the Italian invasion of Ethiopia (1935). By 1928, Fascism internationally had not yet been discredited; France and Britain regarded Italy as an ally. The purpose of the paper was to describe and analyse Fascist attempts to 'go international' and foreign views of Fascism, up to 1928.

13th waver Kim, Ji Yang Demographic History of West Africa Kim, Ji Yang wrote this term paper in her 1st semester of taking Mr. Ganse's class. A thorough overview.

13th waver Kim, Seong Jun, Transport Systems of the Modern Ottoman Empire History buff and self-made student Kim, Seong Jun (he studied both English and German largely by himself) wrote this paper while attending Mr. Ganse's class for the 3rd semester in a row; he went on to take this class for 5 semesters. A solid overview.

13th waver Kim, Sun Hoo, History of Food and Nutrition in West Asia Kim, Sun Hoo wrote this term paper in his first semester of taking Mr. Ganse's class. A solid overview.

13th waver Lee, Dahyeon, The History of Textiles in Western Central Asia , Lee, Dahyeon wrote this term paper in his first semester of taking Mr. Ganse's class. A solid overview.

14th waver Lee, Jaehyun, Coups d'etat in French History as Portrayed by 19th and Early 20th Century Encyclopedias , written in his freshman year while taking Mr. Ganse's class for the 2nd semester. A solid, methodical analysis.

13th waver Lee, Seung Heon, History of Transportation in South Asia Paper written while taking Mr. Ganse's class for the 1st semester. A solid analysis.

13th waver Lee, Seungwoo, Environmental History of North Africa Paper written while taking Mr. Ganse's class for the 1st semester. A solid analysis.

13th waver Nam, Sangjoon, History of Transportation in China and Japan Paper written while taking Mr. Ganse's class for the 1st semester. A solid analysis.

12th waver Yang, Eun Sung, South Korea's Government Policy on North Korean Defectors A research paper the student began without consultation of a teacher. Yang, Eun Sung is a prolific debater and extraordinary student (she went on to Yale University). Teacher and author agreed to add a history chapter to this originally political paper.

13th waver Yeon, Haram, The History of Textiles in South Asia Paper written while taking Mr. Ganse's class for the 1st semester. A solid analysis.

KMLA History Program, Term Paper Topics from Fall 2009

Research Papers, 12th Wave, Fall 2009
Term Paper Topics, AP World History, 13th Wave, Fall 2009
Term Paper Topics, 14th Wave, AP Euro, Fall 2009