Posted on December 23rd 2012



Outstanding Papers of Fall 2010 :

Overall Best Paper :

13th waver Song, Jeeun, A Dissection of the National Historiography of Kazakhstan

13th waver Song, Jeeun wrote her research paper in his senior year; she took Mr. Ganse's class for 5 semesters in a row.
Kazakhstan, the world's 9th largest country, gained its independence only in 1991, was formed as an administrative unit only in the 1920s. It is named after the Kazakhs, a traditionally nomadic people; the country is multiethnic; during the last century prior to independence the Russian ethnicity has played a dominant role. The Historiography of Kazakhstan thus is young and still in flux. Song, Jeeun liked to take on challenges. The WHKMLA country index page on Kazakhstan provided her with a host of links to sources on the history of the country, but primary sources on the historiography of Kazakhstan, such as school textbooks on history, she had to find for herself. These books were in Russian language. Apart from history, Song, Jeeun is interested in linguistics. In the process of her research she proved confidence, a can-do-attitude in the face of many obstacles. The result is an interesting and amusing read.


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

13th waver Chae, Seung Hoon, Historiography of Singapore

Chae, Seung Hoon wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 2nd semester in a row.
The WHKMLA country index page on Singapore provided him with a host of links to sources on the history of the country, but primary sources on the historiography of Singapore, such as school textbooks on history, he had to find for himself. Like Kazakhstan, Singapore is a young, multiethnic nation. When traveling to Singapore to participate in a debate tournament, he purchased two Singaporean high school history textbooks (both in English). While the searching and reading part was less of a challenge compared to the Kazakhstan paper, for a student in his first year of history class the analysis section is an outstanding accomplishment.


14th waver Yoon, Jaewon, The Image of Attila in Legend, Movie and Historiography

Yoon, Jaewon never took one of Mr. Ganse's regular history classes and had little background in history when she enrolled in Historiography Seminar. So she was given the abovelisted topic, in the hope that she might manage. Not only did she fulfill expectations, but her presentations in the seminar and the following discussions she guided were among the most memorable in my career as a history teacher.

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

15th waver Cho, Naan, MacMillan's Memoir "Riding the Storm, 1956-1959" : A Critical Analysis

Cho, Naan wrote this paper as a high school freshman, while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 2nd semester in a row.
Among the autobiographies offered to her class for papers which were to put it into a historical context, she chose that of MacMillan. Cho, Naan proved her ability to find complementary sources and composed a thorough, balanced analysis.


15th waver Lee, Seung Ho, Historiography of Yi Sun Sin and Artificial Embodiment Within

Lee, Seung Ho never took one of Mr. Ganse's regular history classes, but had taken American history class and had solid understanding of history when he entered Seminar Historiography. This paper of his is based on Korean language secondary sources.

15th waver Myeong, Do Hyeong, Margaret Thatcher : The Downing Street Years (1993) : A Juxtaposition of Margaret Thatcher's Account of her Policies and their Impact with that of her Critics

Myeong, Do Hyeong wrote this paper as a high school freshman, while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 2nd semester in a row.
Among the autobiographies offered to her class for papers which were to put it into a historical context, she chose that of Margaret Thatcher. Myeong, Do Hyeong proved her ability to find complementary sources and composed a thorough, balanced analysis.


13th waver Nam, Sang Joon, Japanese Economic History Prior to the Meiji Restoration

Nam, Sang Joon took Mr. Ganse's history class for 3 semesters; this is his research paper, written in his senior year.
The author has lived in Japan for several years. So he chose this topic among several Japanese history topics offered to him. The result is based on academic Japanese language secondary sources. Nam, Sang Joon is among the hardest working students I encountered.


13th waver Park, Keun Woong, Chiang Kai Shek 1945-1949 as Reflected in the New York Times

Park, Keun Woong wrote this research paper in his senior year; he took Mr. Ganse's history class for 3 years in a row.
The U.S. media have long regarded Chiang Kai Shek being "our man in China". The purpose of this paper given to Park, Keun Woong was to examine the change of Chiang's image based on articles of the New York Times. He decided to focus on the years 1945-1949, from the end of World War II to the fall of Mainland China to Communist forces. The author further subdivides the period.


13th waver Yeon, Haram, The History of the European Glass Industry

his 3rd history paper. Yeon has learned how to find his own sources, how to write a concise, well-founded narrative and persuasive analysis.

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

14th waver Bae, Jeong Hwan, World history of education around 1200-1490 with a focus on its relationship with religion an overview paper requiring the author to compare the development in several continents. Bae, Jeong Hwan wrote this paper in his second semester of Mr. Ganse's class.

14th waver Kim, Dong Hwan, A World History of Transportation, 1810-1910 an overview paper requiring the author to compare the development in several continents. Kim, Dong Hwan wrote this paper in his 4th semester of Mr. Ganse's class.

13th waver Kim, Hye In, Husband Hunting in Hollywood Movies 1950-1965 Kim, Hye In (3 years of Mr. Ganse's class) usually brought her film camera to class. So the abovelisted research topic was given to her, together with a list of movies. She expanded the list of movies and found text sources which enabled her to put the topic into a wider social context.

13th waver Kim, Jaehee, The Encyclopaedia Britannica, the First and the Recent Kim, Jaehee wrote this research paper in her senior year. She took Mr. Ganse's class for 5 semesters. An avid reader with keen interest in philosophy, she expressed the desire to research on a topic dealing with the Enlightenment, and was given this topic. She decided on her own what aspects of the Britannica to focus on, and produced this independent analysis.

14th waver Lee, Jaehyun, A World History of Education in the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries an overview paper requiring the author to compare the development in several continents. Lee, Jaehyun wrote this paper in his 4th semester of Mr. Ganse's class.

13th waver Nam, Woo chan, The Impressionist Movement and Bohemians in 19th Century Paris Nam, Woo chan wrote this paper in his 3rd semester in Mr. Ganse's class. When he formulated the topic, I doubted if he could find an appropriate primary source base, and if he could complete the project. He found such a base and did finish his paper.

14th waver Park, Hyun, A World History of Communication, 1490-1800 , an overview paper requiring the author to compare the development in several continents. Park, Hyun wrote this paper in her 4th semester of Mr. Ganse's class.

14th waver Yi, Ha Young, A World History of Communication (1800-1914) an overview paper requiring the author to compare the development in several continents. Yi, Ha Young wrote this paper in her first semester of Mr. Ganse's class.

13th waver Ryuk, Sohee, Name-Calling in the History of Russia , written in her senior year while taking Mr. Ganse's class for the second semester. Based on English-language primary sources provided to her by her teacher. A solid analysis.

14th waver Jung, Chang Woo, Memoirs as Historical Sources, Paper written in Seminar Historiography, when Jung, Chang Woo took Mr. Ganse's class for the v4th semester in a row. A thorough analysis written on a limited source base.

KMLA History Program, Term Paper Topics from Fall 2010

Research Papers, 13th Wave
Term Paper Topics, 13th Wave : AP Euro, Sept. 2012
14th Wave : Historiography, Fall 2010
14th Wave : AP World, , Fall 2010
Term Paper Topics, 15th Wave : AP Euro, Sept. 2010