Please write an analytical paper on one of the topics weâ€™ve discussed so far. You can either develop the final paper from your mid-term paper or write about a new topic. Length for mid-term paper will be 7-9 pages, and for final 8-10 pages, both using 12â€™ font, double spaced.
A research analytical paper will include the following elements:
– Thesis: a strong, specific argumentative claim introduced early in your essay
– Evidence: primary and/or secondary sources that support your argument
– Interpretation/analysis: explanations of how the sources support your argument
– Logical Organization: a purposeful ordering of ideas that guides the reader through your argument
– Conclusion: a summary of what you have demonstrated and its broader significance
The mid-term paper is used to provide training with my comments to write a more in-depth analytical paper. The Final paper will be an opportunity to demonstrate your deeper understanding of that particular topic, main historical trends, context, the key questions arising from it, your ability to address your argument in the proper historical and cultural contexts. You can, of course, consult external secondary sources to supplement our required texts for that topic.
Possible questions to help you brainstorm your thesis include (but absolutely not limited to):
1. â€œQing dynastic rule was ultimately rejected not because it was ineffective or because it was reactionary, but because it was not Chinese.â€ Discuss.
2. How far do you agree with the contention that 1919 was a more significant turning point in Chinaâ€™s modern history than 1911?
3. How do we evaluate 1911 revolution?
4. Why did the first Guomindang-CCP United Front fail?
5. To what extent can problems inherited from previous regimes be blamed for the Guomindang government’s failures during the Nanjing Decade (1928-37)?
6. Which do you think contributed more to the defeat of the Japanese in China, the Guomindang or the Chinese Communists?
7. What is the role of US in cross-straight relations?
8. What is China, Taiwan or USâ€™s perspective of the cross-straight relation and what options do they have in dealing with the matter?
Critical to writing an analytical paper would be making a clearly stated central thesis and make your argument based on evidence to convince your readers of your thesis.
1.Read the required texts carefully, make sure you understand what is going on, who is saying what using what source, serving what purpose and why.
2. Generate your thesis – A strong thesis is specific, focused, defensible, stated with conviction, and revised over the course of your writing process. It should be interpretive rather than descriptive. This means providing the reader with not-so-obvious insight about the topic rather than offering a mere description or restatement of information.
3.Collect evidence – Evidence supports your thesis statement. Your thesis statement should be based on careful consideration of the evidence you have assembled. Select the strongest, most relevant facts and examples to explain your claim. Your evidence will include examples, information, and quotations that support your thesis. Depending on your topic, evidence can come from lecture notes, course materials, or your own research into primary and secondary source materials.
4.Making analysis/interpretation – Evidence does not speak for itself. Evidence without analysis and interpretation only amounts to a list of facts or events. Explain to the reader in your own words what meaning to take from a piece of evidence. Your explanation of the evidence tells the reader why a particular quote is important and how it supports your thesis statement. Analysis is where the author most clearly shows her/his mind at work.
5. writing – Structure your essay by organizing the main points in your argument.
– Ask yourself: In order to understand the validity of my thesis statement, what does my reader need to know first? second? third? fourth? etc.
– For each point, pick the most effective supporting evidence.
– Try writing topic sentences to state the main point for each paragraph.
– Explain the connection between your examples and your thesis/argument.
– Try producing an outline of your draft to assess whether you have organized your ideas logically.
1. writing lengthy summary of historical events or a personâ€™s biography.
2. subjective description of what you feel toward an event or figure, e.g. you like or dislike of the text.
3. passing pure judgment on why is a figure/event is a good or bad.
Please also indicate in footnote or endnote if you are directly quoting or paraphrasing othersâ€™ ideas.