Posted on December 24th 2012



Outstanding Papers of Spring 2009 :

Overall Best Paper :

12th waver Ko, Young Kun, The Changing View of Confucius in Chinese History. From Ancient China to Communist China

12th waver Ko, Young Kun is a history buff with a strong background in Oriental history. He composed a thorough overview covering all periods of Chinese history, in narrative rather than analytical style, hence the comparatively small number of notes.

12th waver Nam, Hyun Woo, Eunuchs in East Asian History

A detailed overview organized by country (China, Korea) and by historical period. Nam, Hyun Woo had passed a set of examinations testifying his ability to read traditional Chinese characters. The study is based on solid reference.

12th waver Yang, Eun Sung, Society for Creative Anachronism

Yang, Eun Sung wrote this paper for History of Historiography class. During her research, she used published sources as well as contacted the Korean branch of the organization. She gave a passionate presentation on the topic in class, and composed a thorough, detailed analysis.

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

14th waver Son, Bo Kyung, Usury in Christian terms and remedies of in medieval Italy - Evaluating the accuracy of the contents of Saint Antonio

Son, Bo Kyung wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 1st semester; she went on to stay in class for 3 semesters.
This paper proves a level of understanding, reaches depth and shows academic skills such as finding and using relevant academic sources which are, to say the least, exceptional for a high school freshman.


13th waver Kim, Jisoo, Morocco as Portrayed in 19th Century Encyclopedias

Kim, Ji Soo wrote this paper in her 2nd semester in Mr. Ganse's history class. Students were asked to write papers in which they were to evaluate the quality of 19th century encyclopedia articles on a specific topic. Kim, Ji Soo's paper set the standard for class.

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

12th waver Cha, Sung Jik, Multinational Entities in the Age of Nationalism : Dalmatia and the Austrian Littoral

If posthumous appointments to political offices in Korea appear abstruse to western readers, the topic Cha, Sung Jik (in class a silent, inconspicuous student) took on is of the unusual kind. When he took on the topic, he probably did not know where to find the Austrian Littoral on a map. His paper not only proves full understanding of what he wrote about, but also convinces by its organization, level of detail, and depth of analysis.

12th waver Jang, Yoojin, Historical Terminology: Major Eras. The American Civil War from 1861 to 1865

A paper written in Seminar Historiography. During events such as World War I, World War II or the American Civil War, it took time until a name for this event was found which was universally agreed upon. This paper examines this process based on primary sources.

12th waver Jeong, Hae-Yoon, History of Education in Communist Countries

In the first section, the paper differentiates by period (with an emphasis on the USSR) into pre-Communist, early Communist and later communist periods. In the by country section, the paper compares the experience of the USSR, China, the Eastern Bloc countries, Cuba and Vietnam. A thorough analysis based on a combination of primary, academic and encyclopedic secondary sources.

12th waver Jun, Bum Sun, Improvement of European Jews' Status as Described in 19th Century German Encyclopedias

In his paper, Jun Bum Sun observes a discrepance; German encyclopedias on one hand described the Jewish emancipation in a positive light, but on the other hand still contained prejudiced statements. In his paper, he lists numerous German-language quotes. Jun, Bum Sun went on to study history at Dartmouth.

12th waver Jung, Jin Hwan, Comparative Analysis of Post-Colonial History : Algeria, Vietnam

A student of the silent type, Jung, Jin Hwan invested significant thought, effort and time in this term paper; an independent analysis based on a solid reference base.

12th waver Kim, Hong, The History of Crimea and Circassia as Portrayed in 19th Century Encyclopedias

When he took on the topic, Kim Hong probably did not know where Circassia was located. The completed paper not only proves full understanding of what he wrote about, but shows originality in its organization and analysis. Kim Hong detected a difference between British encyclopedias which tended to be anti-Russian, and German encyclopedias, which generally were more neutral.

12th waver Kim, Hyun Kyu, The Papal State as Portrayed by 19th Century Encyclopedias : A Backward State : The Papal State 1815-1848

In this paper history buff Kim, Hyun Kyu proves that he can read between the lines : most 19th century encyclopedias were printed by publishers who had a liberal position, and therefore they were likely to portray a traditional, non-liberal state such as the Papal State unfairly. A well-organized and well-supported analysis.

12th waver Kim, Young Yoon, Posthumous Appointment to Gov. Positions in Korean History

This paper, written for Seminar Historiography, may stand out less for its difficulty level or quality, but rather for its curiosity to a western readership. Once, when our school celebrated the birthday of Korea's national hero, Admiral Lee Soon Shin, his biography was read. In it the statement was made that he was appointed prime minister about 200 years after his death. Naturally, this puzzled me and I asked Kim, Young Yoon to shed light on the issue; the result is this paper.

13th waver Koo, Do Heon, The Appearance of the Kitchen in Last 200 Years : The Kitchen of Europe and Korea

Koo, Do Heon wrote this paper while attending Everyday History Class during the brief Summer Session of 2009. For this paper he had to find his own sources. While there are definitely sources out there which Koo, Do Heon overlooked, his paper does provide insight and the comparative approach illustrates the drastic development the Korean kitchen underwent during the last 200 years.

14th waver Lee, Jaehyun, Hygiene and Medicine in Medieval Times

A paper written by a student in his first semester of taking Mr. Ganse's class (Medieval History Class). Historical movies served as primary sources; students were to comment on the accuracy of the movies and to find their own base of secondary sources.

12th waver Lee, Jiyeon, Comparative History : Cuba and the Philippines Under Spanish Rule

a solid analysis based on an examination of both countries differentiated by periods, stressing both common factors and differences. Based on primary and on academic secondary sources.

12th waver Lee, Won Jae, Italy on the Road to Unification as Depicted in Historic Encyclopedias

Lee, Won Jae made the most out of a seemingly dull topic. He identified subtle differences in accounts and laid open the political perspectives of the various encyclopedias he examined. He used to live in Italy.

12th waver Lim, Seung Hwan, The History of China's Open Ports

History buff Lim, Seung Hwan composed a solid overview paper, based on primary and secondary sources, on sources in Chinese and on sources in English.

14th waver Park, Hyun, Medieval Doors and Windows

Freshman Park, Hyun made the most out of a topic she initially resented. Medieval history class watched a number of historical movies; it was the task of the students to comment on the movies' accuracy. They had to find their own base of secondary sources for comparison.

12th waver Park, Keuk Ryul, Sino-Korean Relations Portrayed by European Encyclopedias, 1771-1930

Most papers examining historical encyclopedias examine the encyclopedias one by one. Park, Keuk Ryul, instead divides Sino-Korean Relations as portrayed by European historical encyclopedias into periods. He arrives at the conclusion that for the earlier section, European encyclopedias base their information on Chinese sources, for the later section on Japanese sources. An original analysis; his background knowledge in Oriental history, of course, helped.

12th waver Park, Young Jin, Multicultural Metropoleis : Vienna and Istambul as described in Historic Encyclopedias

Freshman Park, Hyun made the most out of a topic which seems dull at first. The paper convinces by its organization, its differentiation.

12th waver Ryu, Hye Jin, History of Popular Music in Communist Countries : Russia and China

Given just the topic, Ryu, Hye Jin established her own source base and organization, and then composed an original, detailed analysis which left little room for constructive criticism.

14th waver Ryu, Seung Hyun, The Power of Medieval Women - 12th to 14th Century

A paper written by a passionate 1st semester in Medieval History Class. She was to examine the accuracy of historical movies and had to find her own base of secondary sources. Her sensitive, differentiating conclusion is impressive.

13th waver Sung, Da Eun, Labor Conflicts as Represented in Historic Encyclopedias

First, Sung Da Eun observed that different encyclopedias dealt with the topic under different headings. Secondly, she observed that, on her topic, many encyclopedias were tendentious. The paper is methodical and detailed; her analysis well-founded. The author went on to study Swahili at Seoul National University.

14th waver Yang, Hyung Won, Textiles in the Eastern and Western World

Another paper written for Everyday History Class during Summer Session. During the course, class went on a field trip to Woman's Life Museum in Yeoju, where class learned how to dye shirts the traditional way. The museum had a strong collection on traditional Korean textiles. Yang, Hyung Won's paper is based on the experience made during that field trip.

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

13th waver Cho, Yeon Ju, Historic Encyclopedias on Major Disasters Cho, Yeon Ju wrote this paper while attending Mr. Ganse's history class for the 1st semester. The paper provides a solid analysis.

14th waver Eom, Tae Gyun, 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) Eom, Tae Gyun, in his 1st semester in Mr. Ganse's class, wrote this term paper based on historical movies. He had to find his own base of secondary sources for comparison, to establish judgment on the accuracy of the movies. Eom, Tae Gyun developed his own, extremely concise style.

13th waver Hur, Da Eun, Environmental Awareness : Wolves and Bears in 19th Century Europe Another paper based on historical encyclopedia entries, written by a student in her 2nd semester of taking Mr. Ganse's class. The paper was challenging, as the encyclopedias did not just contain relevant information under the headings 'bear' and 'wolf', but also under other headings such as geographical entries.

12th waver Jung, Jewon, The Coverage of Pollution in Historic Encyclopedias Another paper analyzing historical encyclopedia articles.

13th waver Kang, Injung, Contemporary Views of the Women's Rights Movement : the Britannica of 1902 and 1911 Another paper analyzing historical encyclopedia articles.

12th waver Kim Do-Gyun, Old Cities : Beijing and Nanjing in Historic Encyclopedias, Another paper analyzing historical encyclopedia articles.

13th waver Kim, Hye In, The French Revolution as Portrayed in 19th Century Encyclopedias , Another paper analyzing historical encyclopedia articles.

13th waver Kim, Jaehee, History of Polish - Russian/Soviet Relations Paper written while taking Mr. Ganse's class for the 2nd semester.

13th waver Kim, Jae Yun, Turkestan in Historic Encyclopedias Another paper analyzing historical encyclopedia articles.

12th waver Kim, Min Woo, The Coverage of the Sepoy Rebellion and the Boxer Rebellion in 19th Century Encyclopedias Another paper analyzing historical encyclopedia articles.

12th waver Kim, Young Yoon, Slavery in Imperial China A differentiated overview based largely on encyclopedic English language secondary sources.

13th waver Kim, Young Yul, Labour Unions as Represented in Historic Encyclopedias Another paper analyzing historical encyclopedia articles.

12th waver Lee, Joo Hyung, Progress outside of Europe as Portrayed in 19th Century Encyclopedias : Egypt and Persia Another paper analyzing historical encyclopedia articles.

12th waver Lee, Si-eun, Nations unhappy with foreign monarchs : Poland under Russia, Prussia/Germany and Austria, in Historic Encyclopedias Another paper analyzing historical encyclopedia articles.

14th waver Lee, Youngkyoung, Fashion in Medieval Europe, 1000-1300 A paper written by a passionate 1st semester in Medieval History Class. She was to examine the accuracy of historical movies and had to find her own base of secondary sources.

12th waver Park, Hee Won, Decoding Political Cartoons : Political Cartoons of President Roosevelt's Court-packing Plan in 1937 A paper written for Seminar History of Historiography.

13th waver Song, Ji Hye, Historic Encyclopedias on Pacifism : The Hague Peace Conferences Another paper analyzing historical encyclopedia articles.

KMLA History Program, Term Paper Topics from Spring 2009

Term Paper Topics, AP World History, Feb. 2009
Term Papers Seminar : History of Historiography
Term Paper Topics, AP Euro, Feb. 2009
Term Paper Topics, AP Euro, Mar. 2009
Term Paper Topics, AP Euro, May 2009
Term Paper Topics, AP Euro, Feb. 2009
Term Paper Topics, AP Euro, Mar. 2009
Term Paper Topics, 13th & 14th Wave, Summer Session 2009
Term Paper Topics, Medieval History, Mar. 2009