ESSAY ASSIGNMENTS – HI 104 – WESTERN CIVILIZATION II – SUMMER 2016
This summer you will read and analyze historical documents to demonstrate your understanding of their content in the context ofwestern history. You will have 3 essay assignments due after each week of classes, in which you will be allowed to choose a source to analyze. Each source will come from theprimary source book Sources of the Western Tradition Vol. II: From the Renaissance to the Present(by Marvin Perry). You MUST ALSO USE your class notes, AND/OR your course textbook Western Civilization: A Brief History, Volume II: Since 1500 (by Jackson Spielvogel) for your analysis of the historical background of the source.
- Essays must 3-5 pages long, 11 – 12 font size, 1 inch margins, double-spaced.
- For each reading you must include the following sections:
1) INTRODUCTION = What source are you analyzing? (Title, time period, and author)
2) THESIS =What is the main purpose/main point of the document in the historical context?
3) SUMMARY = What is the content? What does it say?
4) ANALYSIS = What are the main arguments the author uses for his main point? OR What are the major themes the document discusses? OR what are the major points the document makes? OR What aspect of the historical period does the document discuss?
5) HISTORICAL CONCLUSION = How does the document fit into the historical context it comes from? OR how is it significant in its historical context?
RULES FOR ESSAYS:
* DO NOT PLAGIARIZE YOUR WORK. I WILL KNOW!
* NO INTERNET RESOURCES ALLOWED
* NO FIRST/SECOND PERSON (I, me, we, us, you)
* FOCUS ON ANALYSIS NOT SUMMARY
* CITE ALL YOUR SOURCES (CHICAGO-TURABIAN STYLE)
CHICAGO TURABIAN STYLE OF CITATION FOR HISTORY
The Chicago-Turabian Style of Citation requires writers to cite sources including the name of author, title of source, publication place, publisher, year of publication and year of publication.
*ALWAYS cite information you obtain from any external sources. It’s better to cite too much than to not cite enough!*
1) FOOTNOTE CITATIONS (Citations throughout the essay)
How to insert a footnote?
Newer versions of MS Word – Click on “References” tab on toolbar click on “Insert footnote”
Older versions of MS Word – Click “Insert” tab on toolbar click on “footnote”
What to write on the footnote?
-Author’s full name, Name of Book (Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of publication), page number.
Example of what the Footnote will look at the bottom of page:
1 Peter Brown, The World of Late Antiquity (London: Thames & Hudson, 1989), p.13.
-You can also use footnotes to include extra ideas and notes that do not fit in the context of your paper but are still interesting to keep in mind.
-If repeating the same source in your footnotes, do not write out all the information again, instead write: Ibid., page #. (In Latin ibidem – means “in the same place”) OR Last name of author and page #.
2) BIBLIOGRAPHICAL CITATIONS (Works Cited at the End of an Essay)
What to include in the Bibliography?
-Last name, First name of author. Name of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year.
Brown, Peter. The World of Late Antiquity. London: Thames & Hudson, 1989.
3) DIRECT QUOTATIONS
-Always cite direct quotes from texts used in your essay by using Footnotes.
Example from an essay:
In his book professor M.I. Finley indicates that, “Sparta played a leading part in the development….of Greek Civilization.”
DUE DATES AND ESSAY OPTIONS:
*Choose ONE Primary Source for each Essay*
Primary Source Options for Essay #1 (Due: Thursday, July 14)
“Critique of Church Doctrines” pp. 14 -17
“Thoughts upon the African Slave Trade” pp. 28-30
“Slavery Defended” pp. 30-31
“Justification of Absolute Monarchy by Divine Right” pp. 18-19
Primary Source Options for Essay #2 (Due: Thursday, July 21)
“Galileo: Confirming the Copernican System” pp. 42-46
“Galileo Condemned by the Inquisition” pp. 46-47
“Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen” pp. 110-111
“Leader, General, Tyrant, Reformer” pp. 125-129
Primary Source Options for Essay #3 (Due: Thursday, July 28)
“Factory Discipline” pp. 147-149
“Communist Manifesto” pp. 195-201
“Theory of Evolution” pp. 190-194
“War as Celebration: The Mood in European Capital” pp.298-300
 M.I. Finley, The Ancient Greeks, (New York: Penguin Books, 1991), 83.