The purpose of this assignment is to have you:
Read an article or textbook selection critically, paying particular attention to the author’s main argument(s) and approach to the subject matter.
Provide a brief summary of the supporting evidence and arguments used to substantiate the thesis.
Reflect on the ideas and arguments raised in the reading and, if possible, relate them to other course readings.
Express your ideas clearly in writing.
Choose ONE of the following peer-reviewed articles from the Journal Articles section of the course readings:
Samuel P. Huntington, The West Unique, Not Universal, Foreign Affairs 75, no. 6 (Nov.-Dec. 1996): 28-46.
Earl H. Kinmonth, Nakamura Keiu and Samuel Smiles: A Victorian Confucian and a Confucian Victorian, American Historical Review 85, no. 3 (June 1980): 535-556.
Rammohan Roy and the Advent of Constitutional Liberalism in India, 1800-1830, Modern Intellectual History 4, no. 1 (2007) 25-41.
Marina Carter and Crispin Bates, Empire and Locality: A Global Dimention to the 1857 Indian Uprising, Journal of Global History 5, no. 1 (March 2010): 51-73.
Jrgen Frster, Ludendorff and Hitler in Perspective: The Battle for the German Soldiers Mind, 19171944War in History 10, no. 3 ( 2003): 321334.
James Harris, Encircled By Enemies: Stalins Perceptions of the Capitalist World, 19181941, Journal of Strategic Studies 30, no. 3 (June 2007): 513-545.
Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations? Foreign Affairs 72, no. 3 (Summer 1993): 22-49.
Write an essay in which you identify the subject of the article, the authors thesis (or main argument) and the kinds of evidence used to substantiate that thesis. You will then assess the reading in two ways. First, explain whether or not you found the authors argument convincing, and why (or why not). Second, you are to relate what you learned from the article to the textbook and any other relevant materials you have read or viewed as part of your course work.
Enclose any passages you cite in quotation marks (if quoted word for word) and indicate the source of the reference (authors name, title, and page number) in a footnote or endnote. You will find more information in the Chicago Style Citation Guide link on the course site.
Present your 4-page essay in typed, 12-point font, double-spaced format.