Compare and contrast han dynasty to the roman empire

Topic Options:
1.      Compare and contrast the height of Egyptian civilization during the Pyramid Age (2682-2181 BC) with the defining Vedic-Aryan civilization along the Indus River (c.1500 BC). While earlier civilizations had settled the Nile and Indus Rivers, this was the time when Egyptian and Indian civilizations and cultures were solidified. Consider how these civilizations were similar/different. What were their achievements? What were the causes of their decline? What is their enduring legacy, if any? How did each influence the development of Western Civilization?
2.      Compare and contrast the Roman Empire and its Eastern contemporary, the Han Dynasty, in China. What were their achievements? What were the causes of their decline? What is their enduring legacy, if any?
3.      Compare and contrast the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church at the time of their split in 1054 and shortly after. In comparing the theological differences, hierarchical structures, and influence on community, do not go beyond 1517. Include in 1 or 2 paragraphs a short consideration of the modern legacies of these medieval churches and consider how modern European society views them.
4.      Compare and contrast Italian and northern humanism using the Italian humanist, Alberti, and the northern humanist,Erasmus, as examples. To what extend did each look to the classical past of Greece and Rome?
5.      Compare the Protestant teaching of Luther regarding women to the medieval Catholic view of women. To what extent were these ideas an extension of classical ideas and/or ideas of early church fathers?
6.      Describe the rise of the nation-state for either France or England. Consider the origins of the kingdom and significant developments from the Middle Ages through the end of the 1500s. How does this narrative compare to the political development of Germany or Italy in the same period?
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7.      Compare and contrast early Spanish exploration from 1492–1548 with early English exploration of 1584–1648. Look at the motivations behind Spanish and English exploration;consider how each nation viewed the discoveries made, and how exploration of new lands influenced the political power and economy of each respective nation. *Note that this is a European, not American, topic so keep the focus on England and Spain throughout the paper.
Step 2. Research the topic and compile sources for the Historical Bibliography (Module/Week 3)
·         Write a thesis for your paper – this can change as you research, but having a clear argument will help you to focus your research.
·         Review plagiarism guidelines
o   Make sure you are aware of the expectations in the Academic Honor Code: http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=12268
o   Review the Academic Policy Handbook (See the Student Expectations)located in Module 1/Student Expectations)
·         See Historical Bibliography Instructions for this part.
·         Watch the PowerPoint presentation “Basic Research Guidelines” on research writing and note-taking. Make sure that you are taking good notes, writing down page numbers for all sources (even those you paraphrase or summarize), and marking all direct quotes with the proper punctuation now. Taking notes properly now will save you much heartache and time later.
·         Read and use the article, “Reading, Writing, and Researching for the History Paper” at the following website: http://www.bowdoin.edu/writing-guides/
·         Do not forget the Suggested Reading at the end of each chapter in your textbook as you look for sources. You may find some good leads there on your topic.


Step 3. Write the Historical Bibliography, which is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of  Module/Week 4 (70 points)
            See Historical Bibliography Exercise Instructions
Step 4. Revise the thesis, write an outline, and type up a rough draft of Comparison/Contrast Essay (Module/Week 5)
Please note that Turabian is the style that you must use in writing the paper. The format of your margins, page numbers, etc. are worth 10% of the overall score. See the Comparison/Contrast Grading Rubric for a further breakdown of the points. You can find all the information you need for correctly formatting the paper at the LUO Writing Center and through the links in the Writing Tips and Guides folder.
·         Review Writing Aids at the LUO Writing Center: http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=12268
·         Take particular note of the following presentations under “Presentations for Students”:
o   “Common Grammar Errors”
o   “Organizing a Paper”
o   “Outlining a Research Paper”
o   “Paragraph Construction”
o   “Passive Voice”
o   “Formatting Turabian Footnotes and Endnotes”
o   “Microsoft Word” – good tips on how to format page numbers, margins, double-space text, etc.
o   “Turabian Footnotes and Endnotes” 8thedition
o   “Turabian Presentation Revised” 8thedition
·         Utilize Turabian Style Guide for footnotes (see “Turabian Presentation Revised” 8th edition and links in the Historical Bibliography Instructions)
Step 5. Final Draft of Comparison/Contrast Essay, which is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 6 (145 points)
Review and proofread your paper. Make sure that the following are present before submitting:
1.      Title page properly formatted according to current Turabian guidelines.
2.      Page numbers, margins, spacing, and footnotes follow current Turabian guidelines.
3.      You have used 12-point Times New Roman or Calibri font for body of paper and 10 point font for footnotes.
4.      Bibliography is properly formatted with changes made according to grading feedback.
5.      Bibliography no longer has a heading and a page number has been added to correspond with the page numbers in your paper.
6.      The title of your bibliography is correct. (See Comparison/Contrast Essay Example Paper)
7.      You have cited, in the paper, at least 4 of the sources you consulted, and you have a minimum of 7 sources listed on the bibliography page(s).
8.      Thesis reflects topic choice and appears at end of the introductory paragraph.
9.      Each paragraph in the body of the paper flows, building support for the thesis.
10.  ALL sources are properly cited with footnotes within the text of the paper.
11.  Body of paper is neither less than 3 full pages nor more than 5 full pages.
12.  Grammar and mechanics have been checked and corrected – use the “Grammar Guidelines” for common mistakes as well as presentations from the Liberty University Online Writing Center website.
13.  Finally, review the Comparison/Contrast Essay Example and the Comparison/Contrast Grading Rubric one last time and make sure that you have not missed any little details.
Submission:
·         Submit your document through the Safe Assign link in Blackboard before the deadline.
·         Do not type your paper into the comment box.

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