History 100 SDSU Historical Essay


Part I: Exercise document checklist (choose 4)

Iron Maiden portrayal of Alexander the Great

Stoicism video

Attacks on World Heritages sites

Primary source comparison 7.3 and 7.4 (women/wives)

  • Etruscans and Romans video clips
  • Building blocks of Christianity clips
  • Self-reflection on Byzantine chant
  • Artifacts and museums (Ctesiphon)
  • Primary source comparison 8.2, 8.3, 8.4 (pilgrims)
  • Mesoamerican clips
  • Empress Wu clips
  • Shahnameh (Becoming the World ppt.)
  • Crusades
  • Covid-19 vs. other pandemics
  • Your exercises will be assessed for
  • Evidence of having done the work

Historical context/connections, i.e. link to lectures and textbook

  • Critical thinking
  • Clear writing

Part II: Primary Source Analysis (choose 2)

Compare and contrast TWO of the following primary source excerpts from DIFFERENT chapters. Make sure to include all the basic elements of a primary source analysis such as author, date, historical context, audience, etc. Include a minimum of 1 quotation from each document. 2-3 pages, double-spaced.

  • Chapter 1: Rig Veda, Bible, Popul Vuh, Yoruba Creation Narrative
  • Chapter 3: Code of Manu
  • Chapter 4: Upanishads
  • Chapter 5: Zoroaster, Dhammapada (Buddha), Socrates

Chapter 6: Ptolemy V

Chapter 7: Dong Zhongshu, Cicero

Chapter 8: Ecclesiastical history (Socrates), Egeria

Chapter 9: Law of Adamnan, Song Ruoxin and song Ruozhao,

Chapter 11: Ibn al-Wardi, Florentine Chronicle, Al-Maqrizi

Note: no thesis is needed. You should analyze the two documents first, one after the other, and then provide a paragraph in which you compare similarities and differences.