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1 / Possible Thesis Questions The following is a list of possible research paper topics. A research paper is not a report. Instead, it must deal with a specific issue, and should prove a specific thesis. Your thesis statement must deal with an interpretation of the topic and is not asimple report! For example, if you choose the Persian Gulf War as your topic, do not write a report describing the events of the war. Instead, you must develop a thesis that will lead you through an analysis, such as the causes of the Persian Gulf War, which is open to interpretation. Remember to be as specific as possible when writing about your thesis question.

2 1)Stone Age: How were humans able to survive the Paleolithic Age? 2) Neolithic Revolution: How did the Neolithic Revolution change human history? 3) Polytheism: How do the roles of gods differ between polytheistic societies? 4) Confucianism: How did Confucius impact the development of Chinese thought and culture 5)Buddhism: Compare and contrast Buddhism as practiced in Japan, China, and Korea. How did Buddhism impact different cultures. 6) Christianity: How were the 3 monotheistic religions similar? 7) Impact of Geography on History: How did the Nile River impact Egypt? 8) How did the Indus River impact Indian civilizations? 9) How did the Tigris & Euphrates Rivers impact Mesopotamia? 10) How did the Yellow River impact China? 11) Ancient Greece: Was Alexander the Great truly? 12) Why were the Ancient Greeks important to history? 13) How were Athens and Sparta different? 14) Etruscans: Why were the Etruscans an advanced civilization? 15) Ancient Rome: Julius Caesar: How did Caesar impact history 16) How did Ancient Rome influence modern America 17) Roman Empire: Why did the Roman empire fall? 18) Byzantine Empire: Why was the Byzantine Empire important? 19) Feudalism: Why did feudalism develop and/or why did it decline? 20) How was Japanese feudalism similar and different from European feudalism? 21) Role of the Roman Catholic Church in Medieval Society: How did the Roman Catholic Church impact medieval times? 22) Effects of the Crusades on Europe: How did the Crusades impact history? 23) Effects of the Black Death: How did the Black Death impact history? 24) Joan of Arc: Why was Joan of Arc important to French history? 25) Leonardo da Vinci: How did Leonardo typify the Renaissance man? 26) Role of the Printing Press: Why was the printing press important? 27) Protestant Reformation: How did Martin Luther impact world history

3 28) European Exploration: Why did Europeans explore the world? 29) Conquistadores in Latin America: How did the conquests of Cortez impact the new world? 30) How did conquests of Pizzaro impact the New World? 31) African Slave Trade: Why did the Europeans and Americans turn to Africa for slave labor? 32) How did the slave trade impact Africa? 33) Scientific Revolution: How did the Scientific Revolution impact history? 34) Enlightenment: How did the Enlightenment impact politics? 35) How did the ideas of John Locke impact government? 36) How did the ideas of Baron de Montesquieu impact government? 37) How did the ideas of Voltaire impact government? 38) Causes and Effects of the French Revolution/Reign of Terror: Why did the French Revolution take place? 39) How was France impacted by the Reign of Terror? 40) Napoleon s Invasion of Russia: Why did Napoleon s invasion of Russia fail? 41) How was Napoleon s invasion of Russia similar/different from Hitler s invasion of the Soviet Union? 42) Industrial Revolution: Why did the Industrial Revolution begin in England? 43) How were factory and mine workers treated during the Industrial Revolution? 44) Why was the Communist Manifesto important? 45) Unification of Germany: How did Otto von Bismarck unify Germany? 46) Effects of European Colonialism in Africa: Why did Europeans imperialize Africa? 47) Political and/or Environmental Effects of the Suez Canal: Why is the Suez Canal important? 48) Independence of India: How did Gandhi help India gain independence? 49) Causes and Effects of World War I: Why did World War I begin? 50) How did World War I impact the world? 51) Russian (Bolshevik) Revolution/Soviet Union: Why did a communist revolution occur in Russia? 52) How did Stalin impact the Soviet Union with his policies? 53) Communist Revolution in China: Why did a communist revolution occur in China? 54) Hitler s Rise to Power: How did Hitler come to power in Germany? 55) World War II Events: How did the use of atomic weapons impact the world? 56) Holocaust: Why is the Holocaust an important event in history? 57) Effects of the Marshall Plan on Europe: How did the policy of containment impact Europe?

4 58) Cold War Events: How did the city of Berlin impact the Cold War? 59) Why is the Korean War significant? 60) How did the Vietnam War impact the world? 61) Why was the Cuban Revolution important? 62) Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe: Why did communist governments fail in Eastern Europe? 63) Fall of Communism in the Soviet Union: Why did the Soviet Union collapse? 64) Arab/Israeli Conflict: How did the creation of Israel impact the Middle East? 65) OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries): Why is OPEC important today? 66) Iranian Revolution: Why did the Iranian Revolution occur? 67) Iraq: How did Sadaam Hussein impact the Middle East? 68) Apartheid: How did apartheid impact South Africa? 69) Tiananmen Square Massacre: Why was Tiananmen Square an important failure? 70) Population Growth in the World: How can population growth impact the world? 71) Arab Spring: How has the Arab Spring changed the Muslim world? 72) Ethnic Tensions in Africa: How ethnic problems contributed to serious problems in Africa?(Rwanda & Sudan) 73) Global Concerns: Why are there major concerns over our planet? (climate change, sea level, nuclear power, terrorism

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