Imagine Confucius being transported to Greece during the Peloponnesian War….. Complete Topic on paper description!

You will write a 1500-2000 word analytical essay on one of the prompts listed below. These prompts are meant to serve as invitations to an argument or thesis. A thesis is an opinion supported by evidence, and a thesis statement is an essential component of a strong essay. Your thesis should be clear and engaging (not boring). Please take a look at the link I’ve provided on blackboard about “How to Write a Thesis Statement.” It is also expected that you will support your thesis with evidence pulled from the assigned primary sources this quarter. Primary source material should always take precedence in your argument. A strong essay will tend to incorporate three essential types of historical analysis: contextualization, significance, and counter-arguments. Contextualization: Historians are basically in the business of tracing change over time. This means getting the chronology right, but it more importantly means understanding, or at least clearly presenting, cause and effect. After reading your paper, I should come away feeling that you have positioned your historical subjects in their proper place and time. Significance: Always ask yourself when writing, “so what? Why is this important?” Do not be afraid to take a bold stance. I don’t expect you to present an airtight argument for anything in the limited space I’ve allowed, but I do expect every student to take a stance and try to write something interesting. This usually starts with writing about something that you find interesting. Counter-arguments: This is an analytical and argumentative essay. This means that you should maintain an inner dialogue (or argue out loud with yourself if you don’t mind looking crazy) during the writing process. After you make any statement or come to any conclusion, think about how someone else might make a counter-argument. Try to anticipate these arguments in your essay. Here is an example. If I were to argue that Ronald Reagan was instrumental in bringing down the Soviet Union, I’d also have to recognize the argument that it was caused by internal problems in the Soviet Union itself. While recognizing the argument, you should also reassert why your argument is still the better one. Thus, here is how I might go about doing this in a paper: Although the Soviet Union did have internal problems, these were ultimately exacerbated and accelerated by the Reagan administration’s decision to push the Soviets into an arms race that revealed the frailties of the Soviet economy and the fundamental weaknesses of the Soviet political model. Format: I’m not persnickety about the format, but I prefer Chicago style. Your citations can be in paranthetical or footnote/endnote form. All I need from you is author/title and page number for sources that I have assigned. If, however, you choose to use outside sources, I would expect a formal citation. I discourage the use of outside sources, but I’m not going to forbid it. I would recommend, however, that you talk to me first before deciding to use them. The use of outside sources would probably do you more harm than good for this type of essay. I really want to see your analysis of these prompts and the assigned materials. I also do not need a bibliography or works cited page unless you’ve chosen to use outside sources. No title page is needed, but a creative title is encouraged. Please include the word count. While I don’t necessarily believe in the usefulness of rubrics, an exceptional paper will feature all of the following: 1. It will be well-written and clear. 2. It will show an understanding of historical context. 3. It will make use of pertinent primary and secondary sources. 4. It will have a compelling and clear thesis statement that provides structure. Lastly, make sure to avoid trite, sweeping generalizations. Avoid phrases like “throughout history,” “mankind has always,” “the individual has always been important,” etc. Paper topic: Imagine Confucius being transported to Greece during the Peloponnesian War. He is provided a translator and is able to visit Sparta and Athens, talk with Pseudo-Xenophon, witness Pericles’s “Funeral Oration” and the Melian Dialogue, and sit in on Socrates’s trial in 399 B.C.E. What would be Confucius’s reaction? Would he be more in favor of the Spartan or Athenian model? What might his explanation for Athens’s defeat be? **Besides the articles and sections of book given to the writer from the uploaded files the only two other sources/references that could be used must be detailing the Melian Dialogue and Plato the last days of Socrates

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