Tutor profile: Madeline S.
Introduce yourself in Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian. Who are you? What do you do? Where do you come from? Predstavite se na srpskom/bosanskom/hrvatskom. Ko si ti? Šta radiš? Odakle si?
Zovem se Madeline. Ja sam studentica na Indiana Universitetu, i studriam istoriju istončne Evrope. Dolazim iz Arizone.
What is the function and purpose of a thesis statement? Where should it be located in a piece of writing?
A thesis statement is a paper's statement of purpose; it provides the reader with the premise and argument of your writing. Generally, a thesis statement should preview the concrete evidence you will present, and synthesize this evidence into the clear argument you are presenting in the piece of writing. This statement should by no means be a summary of the paper, and it should be no longer than two to three sentences at most. Most often, the thesis statement is found in the first paragraph of a paper, with only a few opening lines of introduction to introduce the topic.
Subject: European History
What periodization would you create in order to best understand European history from the 1500s to the present? When answering the question, keep in mind major threads of continuity and discontinuity throughout European history, and how your periodization characterizes these changes.
To begin, the first major period would be the Renaissance, from the 14th century to the 17th century. In this period, Europe experienced an artistic, political, and cultural "rebirth" based on the rediscovery of classical works of art, literature, and philosophy. The next period is the Enlightenment in the late 17th century to the early 19th century. The Enlightenment instilled Europe with many modern values, such as liberty, constitutional government, and progress. However, the Enlightenment came at a cost, most notably through the Industrial Revolution and the creation and exploitation of the working class, and was not equally applied throughout Europe, which is demonstrated in the wave of the (mostly) unsuccessful 1848 national revolutions. Most discussion of Enlightenment Europe disregards Eastern Europe, and the various was in which Western Europe created its understanding of "backwardness" and "civilization" against the foil of the "barbaric" East. To better understand this aspect of the Enlightenment, the use of the "long 19th century" as the next period in European history helps to understand both the final years of the Enlightenment and the century after. World War One marks the end of the long 19th century, and brings us into the modern period, marked by the inter-war period, World War Two and the Holocaust, and the Cold War (to provide a brief overview).
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