Help students get the most out of studying medieval history with this comprehensive and practical research guide to topics and resources.
The thousand years of the medieval period offer some fascinating facts—for example, that approximately 80 percent of the population was directly involved in food production. As illustrated by Eleanor of Aquitaine, the individuals of the period are no less intriguing: she accompanied her first husband on crusade and later ransomed her son Richard the Lionhearted and personally escorted him home.
Term Paper Resource Guide to Medieval History brings key historic events and individuals alive to enrich and stimulate students in challenging and enjoyable ways. Students from high school to college will be able to get a jump start on assignments with the hundreds of term paper projects and research information offered here. The book transforms and elevates the research experience and will prove an invaluable resource for motivating and educating students.
Each event entry begins with a brief summary to pique interest and then offers original and thought-provoking term paper ideas in both standard and alternative formats that often incorporate the latest in electronic media, such as the iPod and iMovie. The best primary and secondary sources for further research are annotated, followed by vetted, stable website suggestions and multimedia resources, usually films, for further viewing and listening.
Features • Covers 100 significant events across four continents, between 410 C.E. and 1485 C.E. • Offers an easy-to-use chronological organization that facilitates research and saves time for students, faculty, and librarians • Includes an annotated bibliography of primary source materials for each topic
Highlights • Covers events in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Mesoamerica, giving students the opportunity for comparisons across civilizations and time periods and asking them to consider broad trends of change and continuity • Takes into account the great people and events, but also considers the perspective of minorities and those without power • Provides thought-provoking topics, as well as questions and resources to point students in the direction of important issues and events
Jean Shepherd Hamm is assistant professor of English education at Radford University in Radford, VA. She received her doctorate from Virginia Tech.
Reviews "Although this material is geared to Advanced Placement students, global studies and world history classes would find the term paper topic suggestions helpful. . . . Students who want a quick overview of the medieval period and a list of available resources to use in their research will appreciate the chronological format. Recommended."—Library Media Connection
"Each entry is rich with information, sources, and ideas for discovering the history of the Middle Ages. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and their instructors."—Choice
"This is a resource that might also have some value to the teacher as well as the student."—ARBAonline