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Pollard HST 103 First Writing Assignment This assignment asks you to use the readings from Section II of the syllabus in order to answer a question. You do not need to summarize the readings. What you do need to do is 1. read each of the readings carefully in order to ascertain that the authors are arguing and 2. use the question below to guide your reading. Come up with a thesis, and write a three to five-page essay in which you provide a strong argument and evidence of that argument. You should provide at least two citations from each reading (four readings all together) in order to illustrate your point. Question: “How did China, the Ottomans and the Europeans view foreign peoples and foreign places ca. 1500?” Readings: Bernard Lewis, Istanbul , chapter 5 “The City.” Louise Levathes, When China Ruled the Seas
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Unformatted text preview: , chapters 4, 5 and 7. John Thorton, “The Transatlantic Slave Trade,” in Benjamin, The Atlantic World Alfred Crosby, “Infectious Disease and the Demography of the Atlantic Peoples,” in Benjamin, The Atlantic World . Your essay should be typed, double spaced, using 12-point font and observing 1-inch margins all around. To cite the texts, use the author’s last name and provide page number (Lewis, 50). Essays will be due at the beginning of class on Monday October 20. The essays need to be handed in; I will not accept electronic submissions. Should you work on your essay in advance, Tim Brackman and the other history TAs will be holding a writing workshop here in Bryan Auditorium on September 28, 2009, at 7 p.m. Bring a copy of the paper-in-progress and they will help you....
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