HIST1201 Queensland 20th Century World History textbook pROPOSAL pAPER Please use your own idea. Do not just summarize the history.
Requirement: You have been asked to propose an exciting new 20thCentury World History textbook, one organized along themes rather than simply by chronology. Provide a brief (1500 words) overview of yourproposed textbook and the two or three themes you would use to organize it around and why. What would be the most important events or phenomena in your proposed book? How would you ‘periodize’ it (most books use the first and second World War as the most important events)? How would it draw in diverse peoples and regions?What kind of changes would it describe? You might choose, from among many possible themes: War, revolutions, globalization, technology, the environment, rights, empires, movement (of things, of people), the rise of the nation state, or some other phenomenon.
This is what topic we learn:
1900 – 41 – Japan, China and the Origins of the Pacific War
1900 – 45 – The European Colonial Empires
1900 – 48 – The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
1900 – 48 – The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
1900 – 45 – ‘Good Neighbors’? The United States and the Americas
1900 – 1917 – Great Power Rivalry and the World War
1917 – 29 – The Search for European Stability
1930 – 39 – The Path to European War
1940 – 45 – The Second World War
1945 – 61 – The ‘First’ Cold War in Europe
1962 – 79 – From Cold War to Detente
1945 – 2014 – Neutralism, development and the rise of the third world
1945 – 2014 – United States and Latin America
1945 – 2014 – Africa: Decolonization and Independence
1945 – 53 – Asia in Turmoil: Nationalism, Revolution and the Rise of the Cold War
1945 – 79 – The Vietnam Wars
1945 – 2014 – The ‘Developmental States’: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan
1949 – 2014 – The People’s Republic of China and North Korea: Ideology and Nationalism
1949 – 2014 – The Arab-Israeli Conflict
1928 – 2014 – The Rise of Political Islam
1980 – 2000 – The End of the Cold War and the “New World Oder’
1945 – 2014 – The Rise of a New Europe: The History of European Integration HIST 1201 – Final Exam Prompts
Please choose from ONE (1) of the following
1. You have been asked to propose an exciting new 20th Century World History textbook, one
organized along themes rather than simply by chronology. Provide a brief (1500 words)
overview of your proposed textbook and the two or three themes you would use to organize it
around and why. What would be the most important events or phenomena in your proposed
book? How would you ‘periodize’ it (most books use the first and second World War as the most
important events)? How would it draw in diverse peoples and regions? What kind of changes
would it describe? You might choose, from among many possible themes: War, revolutions,
globalization, technology, the environment, rights, empires, movement (of things, of people),
the rise of the nation state, or some other phenomenon.
2. It is tempting to think about world history as teleology – a story in which things are always
moving in the direction of progress. Some historians, however, have suggested it is useful to
twentieth century world history as shaped by forces of integration (bringing people together)
and fragmentation (driving people apart, sharpening local identities or religious, cultural, racial,
national or other identities). In 1500 or so words, identify and analyze some of the ways that we
might think of twentieth century world history this way, as a set of phenomena and forces
bringing people together and giving them common experiences, goals, etc. (integration), while
at the same time fragmenting the world along other lines. Are any of these forces connected? If
so, how? How do they change over time (are some forces slowing, speeding up, or spreading at
some moments), and where?
You do not need to use anything other than the course textbook and other associated materials
provided. Please do not conduct any outside research for this final exam! This essay is an exercise in
argument and interpretation, not recitation of facts, so make sure to advance one!
Excellent essays will do a few things:
They will be comprehensive and synthetic, and cover events spanning the entire twentieth
century (rather than just one part of it), and range widely geographically (rather than referring,
for example, just to Europe or Asia)
Incorporate a range of sources from the course, including the textbook, primary sources, courseaffiliated websites, lecture notes and videos, or other sources.
Provide citations for ideas, data, or interpretations supporting your argument (in other words,
use evidence supported by footnotes or endnotes).
Be written in polished prose, and demonstrating good writing, grammar, and punctuation.
Make an argument! Please do not just recite a laundry list of events. Help the reader see how
you assemble evidence and logic into an argument with a hypothesis and a conclusion. Do not
just tell a story, but advance an interpretation of the events and phenomena that you think are
most significant for your purposes.
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