It should be three pages long, double-spaced, with a standard-size font (12-point, Times New Roman) and with one-inch margins on all sides. No cover page is needed.
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You should proceed from the political, economic, cultural, or social perspective. It is enough to focus on one (or two) of those perspectives. Do not try to cover all of them. It cannot be done in a short paper. Take a position on whether the European impact was more positive or more negative and defend your position.
Note that you should write an analytical paper, not a descriptive one. You should organize information logically around a thesis or focused point. For more detailed requirements and grading criteria, please refer to the Scoring Rubric in the syllabus.
A reminder: Things are often complex and cannot be understood in simple black-and-white terms. You should try to give a historically informed, ideologically unbiased, and logically coherent answer. The historical context cannot be overemphasized. It is easy to dwell on generalities out of context. It is also easy to see things from one’s own ideological perspective and rush to condemn alternative ones without trying to understand them. You can always disagree but should show respect. It is more important to help contribute to a greater understanding of the question at issue. Finally, it is easier to speak coherently, but a lot more difficult to write coherently. Make sure that you move logically from sentence to sentence and consistently from paragraph to paragraph. Do not deviate from your focus. Whatever you write should be directly relevant to the prompt. There is no need for long background introduction.
Resources (be sure to read)
American Foreign Policy_ Isolationism to Interventionism_Writing Sample.pdf American Foreign Policy_ Isolationism to Interventionism_Writing Sample.pdf – Alternative Formats
Writing a Thesis and Making an Argument (U Iowa)
Historical Thinking Chart (= basis for this assignment’s grading rubric) Historical Thinking Chart (= basis for this assignment’s grading rubric) – Alternative Formats