Medieval South Asia and Europe in the Middle Ages
Written Assignment I- You must follow these guidelines
carefully to create a successful written assignment.
For this assignment, you will compare one aspect of two
civilizations we will discuss in this course. You will choose any two
civilizations. They can be from any chapter that we are discussing. After you
choose the civilizations, look at their social, political, economic, religious,
or military characteristics. Choose one of these features, research how each of
your civilizations developed the specific characteristic you are researching
further. You will then compare and contrast them. To do this, you will look at
the ways they are similar, and then discuss how they differ and why. Remember,
for a compare and contrast paper, you must address the same elements and
characteristics of each civilization and discuss them from each side.
You could compare the religious characteristics between
the Greeks and Romans. To create a successful paper, you would discuss their
origin myths, their pantheons, and they way that the temples in both regions
were influenced by or had influence on the states. Some things to remember with
a topic such as this, Greece never had a specific Greek society and therefore
you would need to look at the different city-states (poleis) and how
they integrated religion into their rule. Rome borrowed heavily from the Greek
pantheon but altered it and you would need to describe how those alterations
made it different. Christianity was not an official Roman religion, at least
until near the end of the Empire and therefore had much less of an influence on
the development of Roman history than the older belief systems. A stronger
paper would look at the earlier religions because of how they shaped Rome.
Christianity’s influence was much more influential on the development of Europe
than on Rome.
For any topic you choose, think critically about what you
are discussing and the role it played in these civilizations, and choose
Technical and Formatting Requirements:
guidelines must be followed completely in order for a paper to be complete. A
Short Paper Assignment allows you, early in the course, to demonstrate your
research skills to your instructor and to receive feedback that will benefit
you when you write your research paper. With this assignment, you will learn
how to do proper and adequate research and write a short paper and prepare you
for writing the research paper.
This short paper is at least three double-spaced pages of text (Times New
Roman, font size 12) and you must consult a minimum of two academically
credible sources. Bibliographies and citations will be in the Chicago Manual of
The short paper needs to be turned in through the assignment section for
grading. If you use any of the information from your sources word-for-word, you
must cite the source by using endnotes or footnotes. If you read the
information and write it in your own words and it is not common knowledge, then
you must cite the source because you are paraphrasing someone’s information.
The short paper must include a cover page with your name, course number and
course title, instructor’s name, and date. You must also include a bibliography
at the end of your paper. While composing your paper, use proper English. Do
not use abbreviations, contractions, passive voice, or first/ second person (I,
you, we, our, etc). Before submitting your paper, check your grammar and use
spell check. Remember, the way you talk is not the way you write a paper.
Please label your paper as follows: lastnamefirstnameHIST111ShortPaper.