Evaluate an historical theme using assigned sources for support.
Compose a properly formatted, scholarly paper, using the most recent edition of Turabian, Notes-Bibliography.
Choose 1 historical theme from the list below to research throughout the course:Religion/Philosophy
Write 2 analytical essays on their chosen theme, using the primary sources and topic prompts within the additional documents.
Evaluative Essay 2 will cover the period from 476-1640. It is due in Week 7.
For the second paper, you will read three documents – the first is a peer-reviewed article regarding the true motivations behind the First Crusade, and the other two are primary source accounts by Pope Urban II and a participant in the First Crusade.
In this paper, you will analyze the argument made in “Was the First Crusade Really a War Against Islam.” Use the primary source documents to supplement as you consider the validity of the author’s claim.
Your paper should consider the author’s argument, his logic, and his support. Your thesis statement should answer the following question:
Does Morton provide a convincing argument that the First Crusade was not a war of hatred against Muslims?
Morton, Nicholas. “Was the First Crusade Really a War Against Islam?”
This article is located on the main “Evaluative Essay Documents” page in a folder labeled “Primary Sources.” Scroll past the lists of topics and you will find it at the bottom of the page. The article is in PDF format and can be downloaded.