Sample Thesis Reaction Paper 3

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HIST 100: Western Civilization Sections 001 and 002 Reaction Paper #3 Sample Theses 1. Although born in Africa, Olaudah Equiano was clearly a product of the European Enlightenment. His autobiography, The Interesting Narrative (1789), reveals this influence through its radical arguments in favor of individual equality and its opposition to slavery as cruel and inhumane. (Hint: you can also look at the Cesare Beccaria document in the Lualdi collection to help you discuss Enlightenment views on cruelty) 2. In many ways, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen shows the boldness of the revolutionaries responsible for the French Revolution. The declaration argued for the sovereignty of the people, the essential equality of all individuals, and an absolute freedom of action unless that action impinged on the rights of others. Yet despite its wide scope, the declaration still failed to define properly one of the central questions raised by the Enlightenment: Who is meant by the word “citizen”?
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Unformatted text preview: 3. Industrialization involved much more than just technological change and the creation of factories. On the contrary, industrialization led to a whole reorganization of social life, including the everyday work routines of men and women, standards of living, social class, and even political ideologies. (Hint: in addition to course content, I recommend the Ellis and Engels documents from the Lualdi collection, as well as the document on Berlin factory discipline in that same book) 4. Christopher Browning’s examination of the actions of the German police reserve battalions in Poland during World War II reveals stark conclusions about genocide and human nature. Browning offers a persuasive argument that the Final Solution was carried out not just by zealous Nazis, but by everyday individuals who responded in a variety of ways to military orders to murder civilians....
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