Posted on December 23rd 2012

Outstanding Papers of Spring 2011 :

Overall Best Paper :

15th waver Cho, Naan, Comparative Culinary History : Italy and Spain

15th waver Cho, Naan wrote this paper while taking her 3rd semester of Mr. Ganse's history class in a row.
In a balanced, well-supported arrives at two surprising findings : (1) Spain, after a history of political union, has regional cuisines instead of one national cuisine, while Italy, after a history of political fragmentation, has a national cuisine rather than regional cuisines; and (2) unlike other overviews of either Spanish or Italian history, she emphasizes the importance of the Germanic rule on either peininsula

14th waver Ryu, Seung Hyun, A Utopian Concept Becoming Political Reality: Richard Nikolaus Graf Coudenove Kalergi and the Paneuropa Movement from 1920 to 1950

Ryu, Seung Hyun wrote this research paper in her senior year; she took Mr. Ganse's history class for 6 semesters in a row.
When she entered research seminar history, she expressed the wish to write about utopias. Ryu and her teacher agreed on the Paneuropa Movement founded by Coudenhove-Kalergi. Ryu's analysis is mainly based on two publications out of Coudenhove-Kalergi's own hand, both in English, one from 1943, the other from 1953. In the 1920s, Coudenhove-Kalergi had some success gaining support for his idea; from 1929 to 1947 Europe was preoccupied with other matters and Coudenhove-Kalergi was a 'lone voice in the desert'. From 1947 onward, European cooperation and integration finally took off, and Coudenhove-Kalergi appeared as one of the fathers of the idea. Ryu's accomplishment lies in the chronology she establishes, dividing his political career into 7 periods of her own definition.

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

14th waver Han, Kyungjae, Confucianism : Its History and Social Impact in Pre-Modern Asia Tracing its Development and Mutual Interaction with Society

Han, Kyungjae wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 2nd semester in a row.
Having taken classes in Oriental history before, Han Kyungjae is a history buff. In this paper he combines his excellent knowledge and understanding of both Chinese and Korean history with methodical research skills.

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

14th waver Son, Bo Kyung, The History of Persecution of the Buddhist Faith

Son, Bo Kyung, in her 3rd semester in Mr. Ganse's class, established an extensive, detailed overview over a topic she formulated herself. In it, she comparatively covers 10 nations, excluding her own country of Korea.

15th waver Yoon, Seong Heon, From Castile and Aragon to Spain, An Economic History of the Iberian Peninsula in the 15th and 16th Century

Yoon, Seong Heon wrote this paper in his 3rd semester in Mr. Ganse's class. When he picked his topic, the author had been given the following aid : WHKMLA country index pages Castile, Aragon, Spain. With excellent command of the Spanish language, Yoon established a thorough description of the development of Spain's economy during the aforementioned period.

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

14th waver Park Hyun, The History of European Studies of East Asian Culture & Languages Park, Hyun created an extensive and detailed overview.

14th waver You, In Sun, Analysis of Decline of East-Asian Medicine - Where should Traditional Medicine in Korea (ROK) Head ? You, In Sun, in his 5th semester in Mr. Ganse's class, chose to write about this topic because of his personal interest. It builds up on an earlier research paper by Lee, Junoh, History of Conflict Between Korean Oriental Medical Science and Western Medical Science (2008). Yoon observed that the decline of Oriental medicine had different reasons in the three countries observed.

14th waver Kim, Min Ju, The White Man's Burden ? Practices of African Societies Causing Resentment from Europe Kim, Min Ju, in her 2nd semester in Mr. Ganse's class, chose to write about the "Wbite Man's Burden" because she was interested in how the clash of cultures affected the role of women in colonized societies. A solid overview.

KMLA History Program, Term Paper Topics from Spring 2011

Term Paper Topics, 14th Wave : AP World, Feb. 2011
Term Paper Topics, 15th Wave : AP World, Feb. 2011
Term Paper Topics, 16th Wave : AP Euro, Mar. 2011