First, I want to congratulate you all for reaching this stage in the course. This course asks a lot from each of you and I have found you all willing to put forth the effort necessary to succeed. It is for this reason that I know you will all do your best on this first essay for the course. Below you will find the guidelines for the historiographic essay broken into three portions: Objectives, Standards, and Hints.
Objectives: The historiographic essay has several objectives. The first
of these objectives is for you to choose and evaluate the debate among historians
concerning a particular historical problem or historical question of importance
that you find interesting. Having evaluated the debate, you should write an
essay in which you present both a synthesis of the debate and your analysis
as to what has been achieved by the debate and what yet remains to be achieved.
In attaining the first two objectives you should also put yourself in a position
to put together a research presentation on your chosen topic which you could
give in week 12 if you write your historiographic essay on a topic related to
your research topic, which is objective 3 of this assignment. You must base
your essay on one of the major sections of The Atlantic World in the Age
of Empire, although you don't have to choose a section that we've covered
As I am sure you can guess, I am strongly recommending that you write your historiographic essay on a topic closely tied to your research paper and your research presentation. If you do this the assignment will work for you and will help you write your research paper more effectively.