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1. A Brief History of Germany

Desc: This paper will seek to understand Germany, and the climate, natural resources, and health care that preside in this country. By making a detailed analysis of these factors in Germany's geography, we can learn how Germany has little sources for oil and coal, but has a great abundance of metals to help import these valuable energy resources. In this manner, we can a socialistic health care system, which we can analyze alongside the mild weahter conditions of the region.

2. A Comparative Analysis Between The EU Model and NAFTA.

Desc: This four-page undergraduate paper examines how the European Union serves as a model for political and economic integration. The author presents his reasons why he thinks that the members of NAFTA my follow a similar path.

3. A Compare and Contrast of the Roman (509 B.C. to 476 A.D) and French (1790 to 1900) Histories

Desc: This paper will examine the comparison and contrast of France and Roman governing bodies. By looking into the naval and strategic manners of revolutionary change in these two civilizations, we can see how they relate to one another.

4. A Critical Analysis of Samuel Pepys Diaries.

Desc: This paper will discuss the diary of Samuel Pepys and seek to critique the nature of the diaries that he had written in the 17th century England. By analyzing his view of the Reformation in England, we can see the contrasts and early measures of historian that Pepys seems to foreshadow in his writings, and does not capture in a historical sense the more solid basis 'historians' may nowadays. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

5. A Failed Dominion: Relations between the Italian Fascist State and Italian Women.

Desc: This paper will argue that, contrary to popular opinion, Italian Fascism did not "rule" women. Indeed, the early Fascist Party was actually a strong supporter of more equal roles for women. Even later, when the Fascist government altered its policies toward women in order to co-opt conservative and Catholic forces, it will be seen that almost every policy initiative of the state that touched upon women and women's role in society failed spectacularly. 4.5 pgs. 8 f/c. 4b.

6. A Group in Chaos: The Socialist Party of France

Desc: This 5-page essay considers the history, current electoral defeat, and present aims of the Socialist Party of France.

7. A Historical Analysis of the Treaty of the Anglo-Irish I 1921.

Desc: This paper will discuss the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1921 that created a New Ireland in the wake of British Imperialism on the Irish island. By discovering the war for independence that created this treaty, we can how it affected the people, as well as the way that British sovereignty was lessened in the aftermath of the bloodshed. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

8. A Paper on Napolean's Excursions of War into Egypt, The Muslim Situation during the Time, and the Civil Codes of the Consulate.

Desc: This paper will discuss Napolean's excursion into Egypt and discuss why the British there defeated him. A case will be presented on what happened at the Battle of the Nile and how the Muslims reacted to the invasion. Also, a description of how Napolean overcame these defeats and established the Consulate by overthrowing the Directory. Also, his popularity with the people will be discussed and the Civil Codes installed for the people of France in the time period. 13 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

9. A Struggle for Power, Not For Opium: A Look Back at the Opium War.

Desc: This paper will argue that, although opium was one of the causes of the Opium War, the drug trade was actually a secondary element in the conflict. The primary cause of the conflict was the Chinese imperial government's ignorance and arrogance with respect to the challenge presented by the British. This is not to say that the British were without moral fault for their role in the Opium War. However, morality is irrelevant in discussion of what was essentially a struggle for economic and political supremacy. As will be shown, the Chinese ruling class were negligent in their understanding of the threat that they faced, which resulted in a confrontation that could only have ended in the humiliating defeat of the Chinese nation. 10 pgs. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

10. A Study of the Holocaust: Assessing Trends in Propaganda and Genocide.

Desc: This paper addresses the question of why it is necessary to study the Holocaust. This paper takes the perception that it is necessary to study the Holocaust on the grounds that the study of history reveals trends, and that the indication of trends similar to those in the era preceding the Holocaust might help in the prevention of another form of genocide from emerging.

11. A World Lit Only by Fire: A Thematic Analysis

Desc: This six page undergraduate paper examines William Manchester's A World Lit Only by Fire. The author notes that the book's main thesis is that the infrastructure of medieval Europe had been in decline for a thousand years. His secondary thesis suggests that this decline was due to European wars, revolts, and religious disputes, which prevented European powers from making progress in civil engineering, public health, and science. His third thesis is related to the first two, and asserts that despite these problems, the medieval era provided the criteria that triggered the Renaissance.

12. Addressing Potential Reasons for African Colonization.

Desc: This paper briefly defines and describes the Europeans' transition of interest in Africa from slaves to colonization. This process occurred due to the influence of economic and political forces.

13. Addressing the Balance of Power

Desc: This paper examines issues of diplomacy in 18th Century Europe using Adam Watson's book "The Evolution of International Society." Watson takes the perspective that all international societies need to have a reason for their functionality, such as a framework or a core premise which motivates them to identify and respond to the pressures of working towards a shared result. Diplomacy, suggests Watson, emerged not as a means for countries to overcome preexisting conditions of conflict and warfare, but rather as a tool through which the countries involved in international negotiations could approach the opposing perspectives of their neighbors to reach a mutually beneficial goal.

14. Adolf Hitler, Man on a Personal Mission

Desc: Through a brief look at his background, his early political struggles including possible assassination, and Mein Kampf one can see Hitler's hope for himself reflected in his aspirations for his nation. Many believe it was because he felt so powerless and wanted to bring himself as well as his nation to new heights. Overall, one can surmise from Hitler's background, his political strugles, and his idealogy, that he was a man restraining many demons that lay inside.

15. Alcide de Gasperi.

Desc: Research centering on Alcide de Gasperi centers primarily upon secondary accounts of historical record in which the political decisions, speeches, and records are maintained. De Gasperi formed a new government coalition in consequence of his attitude in interior and foreign policy. Alcide de Gasperi oversaw Italy's entry into the Cold War. Within Italy, Gasperi was forced to deal with a polarized nation. The Christian Democrats were forced to change Italy into an actively Western state. Gasperi is credited with bringing Italy into the fold of Western capitalism and Democracy. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

16. Alexander the Great Conquers Egypt

Desc: This three-page undergraduate paper examines Alexander the Great's military career and focuses on his campaign in Egypt. The paper also includes a timeline of events.

17. An Analysis of the Treaty of Versailles.

Desc: This paper will focus on the Treaty of Versailles, and how it might have been done in different ways. By analyzing the scope of treaty itself, we can create opinions on the nature of the treaty, and how it might have been done differently. By using this as a reference it is not only educational to learn of this great treaty, but to make some judgments on how it could have been done in a different manner. 6 pgs, bibliography lists 6 sources.

18. An Argument Against the Historic Validity of Address Unknown by Katherine Kressmann Taylor.

Desc: This paper will discuss the book Address Unknown by Katherine Kressmann Taylor, and seek to understand how it foes accurately depict Nazi life in Germany. By showing some examples within he text, we can see how this thesis may be proven.

19. An Essay on Napolean's Failure in Egypt and Success in France.

Desc: This paper will discuss why Napolean failed in Egypt, in conjunction with his success at home. The paper will give reasons for his failure in Egypt and the events that occurred that brought about his defeat there. The paper will also tell, why at the same, time he was successful at home. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

20. An Ethnographic Report: Italians in Italy

Desc: This six-page paper examines the nation of Italy and is in the form of an ethnographic report. The author applies the definitions of assessments of anthropologist Gary Ferraro to the discussion, and examines Italy in the context of anthropological terms such as Economy, Subsistence and Commercial Activities, Industrial Arts, Trade, Division of Labor, Land Tenure, Marriage and Family, Kinship, Kin Groups and Descent, Sociopolitical Organization, and a host of others. He concludes that the Italian people and their history, culture, language, and society have all been heavily influenced by the peninsula's Roman heritage.

21. An Examination of the French Books Ouirka, Indiana, Letters of a Peruvian Woman, and Persian Letters.

Desc: This paper is an examination of four French books and how these books depict the state of marriage in French society.

22. An Important History Lesson.

Desc: More than two generations ago, the worst slaughter of human beings occurred during the reign of Nazi Germany. Millions of Jews were put to death; others starved or were tortured. Forgetting those horrific times would be a tragic mistake.

23. Analysis of Divisions in the New Zealand Society

Desc: In this essay we undertake a profound analysis of the divisions in the New Zealand society. The colonization of the islands and the settlement of the Europeans started the differentiation between the Maori (native residents) and the Pakera (whites and their descendants), which nowadays is reflected in their language, status, culture, etc. Lastly we analyze the impact of this division in the tourism industry.

24. Analysis of the Fall of the Bastille.

Desc: This six-page undergraduate paper begins with the theme found in all the accounts, and works with that. All the authors say similar things. The basis question is: just how meaningful was the fall of the Bastille? 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

25. Anatoli Rybakov's Children of the Arbat

Desc: This paper is a book report describing Anatoli Rybakov's book, Children of the Arbat. The novel is about the lives of a group of friends and relatives living in the Arbat section of Moscow during the 1930s. The main plot concerns a dedicated young Communist whose unfortunate ties to higher-ups in the Party lead him to become arrested and exiled to Siberia for no valid reason. Through the course of the novel, we see most of the friends lose their early romantic idealism, though some regain it in human relationships with friends and lovers.

26. Architecture in Bali

Desc: This paper discusses architecture in Bali, noting how Balinese architecture shows both traditional and modern elements today, and both reflect aspects of the social setting and fits with the cosmology and world-view of the people. Traditional architecture is more closely allied with long-standing beliefs and social attitudes, of course, while modern architecture includes more external influences and a specific desire to match the rest of the world in some degree.

27. Are The Council Of Ministers And The Commission, Partners Or Rivals In European Policy-Making

Desc: This is a 13-page paper in MLA style that analyzes and interprets the politics of EU and determines whether the Council of Ministers and the Commission partners are rivals or partners. 13 pgs. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

28. Are there any economic advantages for the UK in having a single European currency

Desc: This is a 7-page paper on the subject of the research of economic advantages for the UK in having a single European currency. 7 pgs. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

29. Augustine's Reasoning Concerning the Nature of a Republic and a People .

Desc: This paper discusses Augustine's reasoning concerning the nature of a republic and a people. Augustine shows that "the people" are a group that could be associated by a general notion of "right," as well as by a community of interests. But if there is no true justice, it means there cannot be a general notion of "right," and therefore there can be no people, nor any republic. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

30. Austria - Hungarian Empire 1867 - 1918: Strengths and Weaknesses

Desc: This paper defines the strengths and weaknesses found in the alliance of the governments of Austria and Hungary prior to the First World War. This paper shows that while the strengths found within this unification were unique and powerful, the weaknesses found within the political, economic, and social areas of this alliance proved to eventually destroy the Empire.