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Greece, Rome, and The American Experience (Hist 4325): Massage your topic

This guide supports Dr. Ronald J. Weber's junior-senior seminar on Roman Culture in American History.

What do you do with a topic when you've chosen it?

  • Be sure you can find multiple primary sources and critiques of them. Remember: you are writing an historiographical paper. Analyzing your sources is a major part of your paper.
  • Treat your topic in an interesting way so that you can state a thesis and prove or disprove it.  Take a developmental or comparative approach, not a simple descriptive approach.
  • How did something change over time? For example, you might compare the architecture of state buildings in the United States from the earliest colonial times up to the Civil War. To narrow this topic, you could limit the research to one or two states.
  • Compare the treatment of the topic in different countries or cultures. For example, you might compare the early law codes of Rome with the American Constitution and Bill of Rights or with one or more of the state constitutions.


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