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HIS397 - Spicka

Seminar in Comparative History

HIS397 - Seminar in Comparative History - Spicka

This Course Guide has been designed to assist you in doing library research on imperialism, racism, and mass violence in a comparative context. It includes links to research tools that will help you find background information, articles and books, primary sources, and other research materials.

Feel free at any time to use our Ask Us Anything chat or email reference service for additional assistance, to sign up for our research consultation service, or contact Christy Fic, cmfic@ship.edu.

Choosing a Topic

Instructions from Dr. Spicka: You are to choose two institutions, ideas, issues, developments, etc. that can be compared and contrasted from two different regions or time periods. The topic has to do broadly with issues regarding imperialism, racism, and mass violence. Try to make your comparisons as precise as possible and have specific questions that you are trying to answer.

Advice from Prof. Fic: To determine a topic, review subject encyclopedias (see the Background Sources page of this guide) and general histories on topics that interest you. Or, see what primary sources you can easily access. Collect your ideas and track your progress on your project by utilizing a Research Plan (below).

Topic inspiration is everywhere! I just listened to a podcast episode that touched on all 3 themes of your class - "The Great Protein Fiasco" on Maintenance Phase (released 8/31/2021). 

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