HIS 379 Week 5 Final Paper


The early modern Atlantic World was shaped by the interactions of multiple groups and individuals characterized by unique political, social, economic, and cultural heritages, not to mention the influence of a wide variety of environmental and geographic factors. These interactions occurring during the fifteenth through the eighteenth century took multiple forms and brought with them dramatic change, yet at the same time, patterns of continuity persisted.

The topic of the final research paper must meet the following criteria:

  • Identify at least two distinct groups of people.
  • Describe connections between at least two different realms in the Atlantic world.
  • Analyze the type(s) of interaction that occurred between them.
  • Explain how the interaction between these groups impacted a specific political, economic, social, environmental, or cultural development of a clearly identified region or regions in the Atlantic world.
  • Assess whether the interaction resulted in either producing dramatic change or leaving intact evidence of continuity over time.

The Final Paper

  • Must be seven to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style or Chicago Manual of Style as outlined in the approved APA style or or Chicago Manual of Style as outlined in the approved APA style or CMS guide.
  • Must include a cover page that includes:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct analytic thesis statement.
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must address contemporary discussions among historians (historiography) regarding the selected topic.
  • Must end with a formal conclusion that reaffirms (but does not merely repeat) the key main points and the thesis.
  • Must use at least five scholarly secondary sources in addition to the course text, and two primary sources. Students are encouraged to research scholarly articles using the Ashford University Library (i.e. JSTOR) and scholarly books (i.e. ebrary), in accordance with university policy on acceptable source use.
  • Must incorporate attention to instructor critique or comment received in prior feedback on the topic.
  • Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center, or according the Chicago Manual of StylePreview the document.  
  • Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center, or according to the Chicago Manual of StylePreview the document.

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