The paper must be 8-10 type-written pages of text not including bibliography and endnotes. Chicago manual of style format in text, notes, and bibliography is preferred but inferior formats (MLA, APA, etc.) are acceptable. You should include an introductory paragraph stating the thesis you will address and indicate your point of view. You should also include a conclusion summarizing your arguments. And you should be careful to PROOFREAD!!! Spelling, sentence structure, etc. will be considered in the grade and should be carefully checked before you submit the paper. At the very least, be sure to run spellcheck. Remember that the cover page does NOT count as page one of the paper, and the end notes and bibliography/work cited pages also do not count as part of the 12-15 pages.You must include three types of source in the preparation of your paper. You must include primary sources. These are very important and the fundamental building block for anyone doing historical research. You may find useful primary sources in several places including the internet. Primary sources are very, very important. You must also include book-length studies, including biographies, general histories, period studies, thematic studies, and general overviews (Peter Brown is good). You must also include journal articles or chapters in essay collections. These are very important and useful short studies on specific topics. There are numerous journals out there, including American HistoricalReview, Early Medieval Europe, and Speculum. JSTOR is also very helpful. You should use at least 2 journal articles or book essays in your paper, and you may use any of the books assigned for the class in your paper.
POSSIBLE PAPER TOPICS
1. The Fall of the Roman Empire.
2. The Barbarian Invasions or any of the barbarian groups.
3. Justinian and other emperors, and the Byzantine Empire.
4. Muhammad and early Islam.
5. Any major figure—Diocletian, Constantine, Justinian, Theodora, Muhammad, Theodoric, Clovis, Benedict of Nursia, Gregory the Great, Attila the Hun, the Venerable Bede, Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, etc..
6. Early medieval, Byzantine, or Islamic art.
7. The Merovingian or Carolingian Dynasty.
8. Early Medieval Women.
9. The Carolingian Renaissance.
10.St. Augustine, the Church Fathers, early medieval Christianity.
11.Anglo-Saxons and their literature, including Beowulf.12.St. Patrick and early medieval Ireland, Book of Kells.