Posted on December 23rd 2012



Outstanding Papers of Spring 2012 :

Overall Best Paper :

15th waver Myeong, Do Hyeong, The Clash of Cultures in Malabar : Encounters, Conflict and Interaction with European Culture, 1498-1947

Myeong, Do Hyeong wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 5th semester in a row.
When she picked her topic, Myeong, Do Hyeong had been given the following aid : WHKMLA country index pages Malabar, Calicut, Cochin, and a listing of primary sources on non-Western history, provided on the Term Paper Topics Page, 15th Wave, Spring 2012.
The author made herself acquainted with the history, geography and ethnography of the region, devised an organization of the topic which took account of the various religious communities at home in Malabar and of the various colonial powers entering the scene.
Myeong Do Hyeong, in her paper, shows command of the topic, control of the source base she uses, independence in her research. She did not need any teacher advice in the process; constructive criticism provided by the teacher on her first draft was minimal and superficial.


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

16th waver Sung, Ji Yun, History of Nutrition in East Africa

In her paper the author demonstrates that she could find a variety of sources, extract relevant information, establish an independent organization, arrive at an independent analysis. Her independence and originality was evident in her first draft in the large number of spelling, syntax and style errors. Despite her being new to history class and East Africa having been a little known region to her (beforehand), in her paper she proves excellent understanding of the area and its history. Constructive criticism provided by the teacher on her first draft was of shallow nature.

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

15th waver Kang, Su Yeon, Mughal Historiography

Kang, Su Yeon wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 5th semester in a row.
When she picked her topic, the author had been given the following aid : WHKMLA country index page Mughal Empire, and a listing of primary sources on non-Western history, provided on the Term Paper Topics Page, 15th Wave, Spring 2012.
Kang Su Yeon, more than any other student in her class, spends time and effort on searching for her own sources; she found and used a major source base which was missing on the WHKMLA Mughal Empire page at that time. Her analysis is mainly based on a selection of primary sources.


16th waver Lee, Hye Jin, Maritime History : The South China Sea until the later 19th Century

Lee, Hye Jin wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 3rd semester in a row.
During the Spring Semester 2012, Lee Hye Jin was among a small number of students who, accompanied by her teacher, visited the Myongji Lucky Gold Star Library of Foreign Books on Korea (a library normally only accessible to college students working on their theses), which provided her with access to rare sources.
In the course of researching her topic, she limited her paper, excluding the 20th century. In her paper, the author demonstrates originality and independence.


15th waver Yoon, Seong Heon, Contemporary Christian, Muslim and Jewish Views on and Reactions to Islamic Spain and the Reconquista (c.700 CE - c.1500 CE)

Yoon, Seong Heon wrote this paper while taking Mr. Ganse's history class for the 5th semester in a row.
When he picked his topic, the author had been given the following aid : WHKMLA country index pages al-Andalus, Castile, Aragon, Navarra, and a listing of primary sources on non-Western history, provided on the Term Paper Topics Page, 15th Wave, Spring 2012.
Yoon, Seong Heon found an anthology of excerpts of primary sources (Constable, Olivia Remie. Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1997) which provides for the bulk of his sources. In command of the Spanish language, Yoon Seong Heon established an original and independent analysis, in which he distinguished Christian and Muslim accounts (and distinguished several historical periods of his own definition). At the suggestion of his teacher, in his final draft he added a chapter on Jewish accounts.


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

15th waver Lee, Hwee Jun, Zoroastrianism-Related Archaeology his 2nd history paper; a decent overview
15th waver Cho, Hwi Gue, Methods and Results of Communication in First Time Encounters : the Cases of da Gama, Columbus, Magellan, Cortes, and Pizarro his 4th history paper, a well-organized, primary source based analysis
15th waver Park, Joo Won, Management of Nuclear Power in History her 1st history paper; author shows strong background in natural sciences, the will to learn in history; was presented at IHPST Seoul 2012
15th waver Kim, Doyeong, Alexandria : A Center of Interregional Trade and Host to Foreign Merchants his 5th history paper; thorough overview
16th waver Shim, Soho, The Influence of China on the Development of Early Global Trade, and the Role of Silver her 3rd history paper, original analysis
16th waver Chang, HyeJin, Environmental History of West Africa her first history paper; solid overview
17th waver Chang, Yoonhoo, The English Guild Economy a freshman paper, the result of sincere effort
17th waver Sung, Ho Kyung, The Impact of Wars on the Polish Economy : From the Jagiellon Dynasty to World War II a freshman paper; its strength lies in focus and organization
17th waver Yang, Soobin, The Marriages of English Monarchs from the Tudor to the Hanover Dynasty : Purpose of their Marriages a freshman paper; independent analysis

KMLA History Program, Term Paper Topics from Spring 2012

Term Paper Topics, 15th Wave : AP World, Mar. 2012
Term Paper Topics, 16th Wave : AP World, Mar. 2012
Term Paper Topics, 17th Wave : AP Euro, Feb. 2012