Brandel Library

HIST 2210: World History Since 1500

With professor Sarah Doherty.

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This guide provides you with resources and strategies for finding the sources you will need for your presentation on either global trade or migration. Each member of your group is required to find at least one of each of the four categories of sources outlined in this guide: a background/tertiary source, a secondary source, a primary source, and a credible website. 

If you have any questions or hit any snags while you're working on this project, I'm happy to meet with you to help you find what you need. Please use the "Make an Appointment" link at the bottom of the page to schedule a time. 

Project #1: Trade

The project will use North and South and readings in Reilly as a starting point to examine politics, the economy, society, and culture in different parts of the world in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Our goals will be:

  • To learn about the global connections, economy, and networks formed by the production and trade of goods and commodities
  • To place your research within a specific historical context
  • To gain experience working with library and online research tools
  • To work both in a group and individually
  • To share your work with the rest of the class, producing a polished oral presentation

Project #2: Migration

The theme of this project is migration. You will be investigating historical background of a group that has migrated to the Chicago area. We will also make some connections with the book How Soccer Explains the World and issues related to education, gender roles, economic development, and political tensions in postcolonial societies. See syllabus for due date. Our goals will be:

  • To develop an understanding of a particular migrant group in the Chicago area.
  • To examine the history of the region where they came from and the pressures that pushed them to leave their homeland. Focus on the post-colonial period (post-World War II).
  • To investigate the interactions between the migrant group and American society and culture.
  • To gain experience working with library and online research tools.
  • To work in a group.
  • To share your work with the rest of the class, producing a polished oral presentation and a paper on your topic.