AP World History Historiography Final Project
The goal of this assignment is to get you familiar with how historians approach a research topic and how they read in preparation for research. In other words, this assignment is designed to get you to think like a historian.
According to Britannica, historiography is the “writing of history, especially the writing of history based on the critical examination of sources, the selection of particular details from the authentic materials in those sources, the selection of particular details from the authentic materials in those sources, and the synthesis of those details into a narrative that stands the test of critical examination.” You will be able to historically analyze two historians’ arguments and then respond with your own argument.
Due Dates: The final due date for the project will be the day of your final exam: June 8
Choose one of the following topics:
Edward Said’s Orientalism
Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel
Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities
Alfred Crosby’s Columbian Exchange (start on page 211)
Jeffrey Peires’s The Dead Will Arise
Read and annotate the sources by highlighting the main argument and evidence that supports the argument. Read the article that has the corresponding letter from the topic you chose from above. Ex: Part I, A; Part II, A
Arif Dirlik, Chinese History and the Question of Orientalism Excerpt
James Blaut, Environmentalism and Eurocentrism Excerpt
Yael Tamir, The Enigma of Nationalism Excerpt
David S. Jones, Virgin Soils Revisited Excerpt
Helen Bradford, Women, Gender & Colonialism: Rethinking the History of the British Cape Colony Excerpt
Write a three paragraph essay that responds to the questions below. Make sure that you write your paragraphs in AECECS format and in total your essay should be about 300 words long (about one page, double spaced, 12 point font)
What were the authors’ arguments?
What were the responses or counter arguments?
Explain the arguments in your own words.
Agree or disagree with one of the authors
Use evidence from one of the articles
Create your own argument
Use evidence that you learned from the class
Make sure that you cite your sources with MLA format and include a works cited
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