The Great Western Transmutation
Introduction: Week Two
Week Two Work
Bentley and Ziegler, Traditions & Encounters, Chapters 30-31. Remember to complete the Textbook Quiz by Sunday at Midnight
One element of your college education should be the ability to read, understand, and contextualize primary sources from the periods you have studied. You will showcase this development in analyzing one of the sources below in at least 750 words.
You should investigate:
- The main issue or idea behind the source
- The strength and weaknesses of the source (origin, author, purpose)
- The meaning and significance of the issue upon which the source focuses, answering the “why” and the “because”
- How does the primary source intersect with or illustrate themes from the course thus far?
- Who is the author and what is his or her place in society?
- What is the purpose of the piece? Why was it written?
- What values or ideas are behind the content in the source?
- Is the piece credible? Why or why not?
- Can the piece be used to support a historical debate
- Sergi Witte on the tasks for economic policy
- The Boxer Rebellion
- Commissioner Lin: Letter to Queen Victoria
- Imperialism of Decadence
- Constitution of the Empire of Japan (1889)
- Russia's Imperial Destiny
- President Grant's Second Inaugural Address
- The Rule of Porfirio Diaz
- Programme of the Socialist Revolutionary Party (1905)
- Tanzimat Reforms: An interview/discussion on the Tanzimat reforms and the relevance to modern society.
- The Ottoman Empire: A documentary outlining the history of the Ottoman Empire from its beginnings to its collapse after World War One.
- The Civil War: A discussion with famed Civil War historian James McPherson on the Civil War and the meaning of the conflict.
- What Went Wrong? The Clash between Islam and Modernity: An interview with British historian Bernard Lewis discussing his book “What Went Wrong?” and his hypothesis about the course of Islamic society