History Term paper


(Worth 25% of Your Final Grade)

  1. ALL PAPERS, REPORTS, presentations MUST BE GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT, SPELL CHECKED, PROOFREAD, It should also go without saying that plagurism will not be tolerated on this or any other project/report/essay.  if you are borrowing someone  else’s work, YOU MUST PROPERLY FOOTNOTE IT AND INCLUDE A BIBLIOGRAPHY/ works cited page.  YOUR WORK WILL BE CHECKED and penalties will be applied !!
  2. A minimum of a 5page paper , NOT including the cover page!
  3. The paper MUST be 12 point pica ONLY, using the fonts Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial ( yes , I can tell the difference) The margins should be standard 1 inch at each side
  4. YOU MAY ALSO CHOOSE An in-class presentation. This can take the form of a a power point presentation, or a speech that lasts 5-7 minutes.   Your imagination can create the limits. However, any presentation is expected to be in good taste, use appropriate language, show sensitivity toward the issues and people involved.  You must still hand in a Bibliography and an outline of your presentation.  If you need to use the internet for the presentation,  let me know
  5. If you have another topic that is not listed below, please feel free to approach me. If it is applicable, ok! But I must know beforehand [preferably in writing] and approve it.
  6. 6. THIS CLASS IS ON EUROPEAN AND WORLD HISTORY, NOT AMERICAN HISTORY. While you can include America and the effects that events had on the U.S.A. You May NOT write an entire paper about U.S. Historical events, or on an American historical figure.



TOPICS to BE ConsiderED

  1. Discuss the changes in architecture, sculpture, and painting that revolutionized art in the Italian Renaissance. Why were these changes so different from what came before? To what extent did the transformation of each of these art forms interact and overlap? Focus on two masters of art, or architecture, or sculpture and discuss why their work was considered revolutionary.


2.In what ways did the art and philosophy of the Italian Renaissance reinforce each other?(This would mean that you would have to explain and define the philosophy and the art styles of the renaissance.)


  1. What was the long-term significance of the rise of the Ottoman Empire and the Muslim conquest of Constantinople? Discuss the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire at its height . How long did it last, and why was that significant?


  1. Ferdinand Magellan , Bartholomeu Dias. Vasco DeGama, and Prince Henry the Navigator: Why were they significant in the “New World” what was each one famous for ?  How did they change the face of the world?


  1. Discuss the books assertion that “printing was as much a result as it was a cause of thespread of ideas” in the 16th century. What developments facilitated the printing revolution of this period?


6.Martin Luther’s radical theology advanced the concept of a priesthood of allbelievers. Discuss the meaning and significance of this concept. Why did Luther’sreligion appeal to such various groups as humanists, tradesmen, and women?

  1. Assess the contention that Catholicism was actually stronger after theProtestant Reformation than it was before it


  1. Compare and Contrast the lives of Sir Thomas More and Erasmus. How did their distinct approaches to relationships with secular leaders lead these men in different direction?  What, within their approaches, appealed to the people?


9.Compare Isabella of Castile to the wives of Henry VIII. What role did women play in state-building in the sixteenth century?  How did the fact that Isabella of Castille was Henry 8th’s mother in law affect the role that Catherine, his first wife played in England?


  1. Read the excerpt of Machiavelli’s The Princeexplain his views on human nature, and how it influenced political thought. How would this philosophy help or hurt a politician in a modern democratic society?


11.Research the rule of Elizabeth I, Catherine de Medici, Marie de Medici, Anne of Austria, and Queen Christina, and lead a discussion on advantages and disadvantages of being a female head of state in the early modern period.


12How did the discoveries of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Harvey, Leibnitz, Descartes, Newton, and others overturned centuries-old assumptions about the nature of the universe and mankind’s special place in it?  What risks did these men take within their time period?  What were the consequences of speaking out about their discoveries?Choose 2 of the aforementioned scientists, and explain what each man was famous for, and why it was a revolutionary idea.


  1. Choose one subject such as the human image, depictions of kings, landscapes, religious images, nature, common people, or architecture; and show the changes of representation in Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque, and Classical paintings.


14Research Peter the Great’s fascination with Western advances. Did the influence of western Europe, as brought to bear upon Russian society by Peter, improve the lives of ordinary Russians?  Was Peter  right to try to modernize Russia?  [explain]


  1. Read passages from Locke’s Second Treatise of Civil Government& Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence  What assumptions about human nature did these writers share? What kinds of relationships between the sovereign and the people did they propose? Compare Locke’s theory of Natural Rights with the principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.


  1. 16. Read passages from Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. What was his interpretation of human nature? What were his views on the new forms of capitalist organization whose emergence he witnessed?

“Single” topics

Define the topic,&show how it changed history.  How did it affect people, nations, politics, culture etc.

Black Death     Joan of Arc    Hanseatic League  Hundred Years War     Henry 8th and the Church       War of the Roses        Medici Family      Wycliffe & Hus  Tudor England

Prince Henry the Navigator     Suleiman the Magnificent     Thomas More’s UtopiaRole of Ferdinand and Isabella    Niccolo Machiavelli,    The Columbian Exchange

Oliver Cromwell and his role in the English Revolution Cardinal Richelieu

Louis XIV       Marie Antoinette           Louis XVI          Elizabeth 1st

A Writer’s Practical Guide to MLA Documentation

Documentation will take two forms in your final paper:

  • In the Works Cited section, where all the sources you’ve used should be listed alphabetically, and
  • Within the text of your paper, where parentheses should show your readers where you found each piece of information that you have used. These textual citations allow the reader to refer to your Works Cited page(s) for further information.

This guide contains many examples of resources that you might use in a research paper

For the Works Cited Page: For a book

Cassatt, Mary. Sara Handing a Toy to the Baby. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT.

WEBPAGESIf no author is given for a web page or electronic source, start with and alphabetize the title of the piece (for web sites, the title of the web page, not the site) and use a shortened version of the title for parenthetical (in the text) citations. Continue in this manner with any information you cannot find on the site–go to the next required piece.

Author Last, First. ,“Name of Page.” ,Name of Site. Date of Posting .Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sometimes found in copyright statements at the bottom of web pages). ,Date you accessed the site (Use correct format). ,<electronic address>.

It is necessary to list your date of access because web postings are often updated, and information available at one date may no longer be available later. Be sure to include the complete address for the site. Also, note the use of angled brackets (less than / greater than signs) around the electronic address; MLA requires them for clarity.

Web site examples – “Citing Electronic Sources.” Purdue Online Writing Lab. 2003. Purdue University. 10 Feb. 2007. <http://owl.english.purdue.edu>.

A Note on Footnotes

Footnotes (including citations at the bottom of each page) have not gone entirely the way of the dinosaurs. In fact it is ironic that footnotes were declared outmoded just before the era of computers which make using footnotes so much easier. Still, because of its relative ease in both writing and reading, parenthetical documentation is greatly preferred by most instructors.

For writers however footnotes are still widely in use. Wise students will check with their instructors to make sure that parenthetical documentation is an acceptable method of citing resources.

Footnotes appear with their corresponding superscript number and are written with the first line indented. The author’s name will appear in normal order (not reversed), separated from the other information with a comma. Publication data (City: Press, year) appears in parentheses, and no period is used until the very end of the citation.

15Ronald E. Pepin, Literature of Satire in the 12th Century (Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 1988) 78.
16Christie, John S. “Fathers and Virgins: Garcia Marquez’s Faulknerian Chronicle of a Death ForetoldLatin American Literary Review 13.3 (Fall 1993): 21-29

A Statement on Plagiarism

Using someone else’s ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing as our own, either on purpose or through carelessness, is a serious offense known as plagiarism. “Ideas or phrasing” includes written or spoken material, of course — from whole papers and paragraphs to sentences, and, indeed, phrases — but it also includes statistics, lab results, art work, etc. “Someone else” can mean a professional source, such as a published writer or critic in a book, magazine, encyclopedia, or journal; an electronic resource such as material we discover on the World Wide Web; another student at our school or anywhere else; a paper-writing “service” (online or otherwise) which offers to sell written papers for a fee.

Penalty for Plagiarism

The penalty for plagiarism is usually determined by the instructor teaching the course involved. In Touro College, it could involve failure for the paper and it could mean failure for the entire course and even expulsion from school.

Ignorance of the rules about plagiarism is no excuse, and carelessness is just as bad as purposeful violation. At the very least, however, students who plagiarize have cheated themselves out of the experience of being responsible members of the academic community & have cheated their classmates by pretending to contribute something original which is, in fact, a cheap copy.

Students who do not thoroughly understand the concept of plagiarism and methods of proper documentation should request assistance from their teacher and from librarians.

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