Guidelines -- papers
Guidelines -- presentations
- Undergraduate papers should be roughly five (5) pages and include
a bibliography; graduate/Honors papers should be slightly longer, seven (7)
pages plus bibliography. Please type them, double-spaced, in 12-point font,
with paper margins of 1-1.5 inches. Bibliography/works cited page should
be formatted in Chicago, MLA, or APA style as you prefer.
- Papers must include a minimum of five sources (grads/Honors
students: seven) external to the course syllabus. Of these five, at least
one must be a tertiary source of some kind. Tertiary sources may include
but are not limited to academic encyclopedias and reference works,
such as Handbooks (print or on-line are both fine). The remainder may include
both primary and secondary sources, but a paper such as this will generally
depend heavily on secondary source material.
- No students should choose the same town; in cases where more than
one student is interested in a particular town, a fair means to resolve the
duplication will be determined.
- Papers should be submitted on the day of your class presentation.
- Students should present a brief summary of their research paper findings
to the class. The absolute time limit will be 5 minutes.
In their presentations, students should indicate their reasons for choosing
the city they did; offer an overview of the city's Roman, late antique, and/or
medieval history, and indicate its significance in the Middle Ages; note
important or significant milestones or setbacks in urban development, including
the destruction/construction of noteworthy buildings (churches, town halls,
wall circuits, royal or private residences, and perhaps other features) and
division of urban space, indicating places like markets, neighborhoods, and
geographic features such as rivers or other watercourses, bridges, topography,
and the like.
- Students may make use of powerpoint, handouts, or other visual aids
-- indeed, it is encouraged!
(1) Pick a town located somewhere in Europe. Obviously, larger towns will,
as a rule, have more written on them, but if you are interested in a smaller
provincial city or town, this may be worth exploring.
(2) Identify at least five sources (one tertiary) describing the city's history
and development. Any coverage from c. 300-1500 is acceptable. You do NOT
have to cover the entire period in your paper, but you may if you wish.
(3) Following the guidelines above, indicate the importance or significance
of the city historically (why did the community endure? many thousands did
not); some milestones in its historical development (highs and lows), principal
features, both topographical and geographical; its place in political intrigue,
the economy, religious life, or cultural/material production. What
was produced there? Why? By whom? What laws bound the citizens to one another?
What political institutions did it possess?
(4) Produce a research summary/write-up; rationalize what you are covering
or giving attention to, and why.