In your research you should be seeking to answer certain questions about your topic. Depending on your topic, some of these questions will be more relevant or interesting than others.
- What is your topic? Define it chronologically, geographically, and thematically.
- What is the historical and/or social context of the topic?
- What is its historical significance? Why is it important?
Your thesis, or central argument, will be your own, but it will very likely be the answer to question “C” above. In other words, “Topic X is important because…..”
Form: Four FULL pages minimum. Times New Roman, doubled-spaced, standard default margins, names and titles not counting toward length.