History and Area Studies Essays

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou

In reference to Angelou’s quote above, Angelou describes courage as a trait that can help many to avoid the pains of the past.  In other words, courage in the present will yield less painful thoughts of the past in the future.  Africa’s recent past, unfortunately, is riddled with pain from varying perspectives, for courage –… Continue reading “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou

History and Area Studies Essays

An essay regarding the Rwandan Genocide

In 1994, Rwanda experienced a genocide that can be explained as the most intimate genocide in the twentieth century.  Thankfully, the genocide in Rwanda only affected large numbers of local groups, distinguishing it from other twentieth century genocides that ultimately targeted foreign groups.  The genocide also revealed the unhealthy economic and social trends that much… Continue reading An essay regarding the Rwandan Genocide

History and Area Studies Essays

The question of the existence of Southeast Asia as an actual area within the world

The boundaries of our continents, nations, and regions are all man-made “constructions”.  Regions like the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia have been “educationally” or “arbitrarily” grouped by historians, geographers, and other social scientists based off of similarities in language, history, culture, and other criteria.  Such regional grouping patterns usually make sense; the Middle… Continue reading The question of the existence of Southeast Asia as an actual area within the world

History and Area Studies Essays

Compare and contrast the history of South Africa post-1945 with that of any other country, or several countries, on the African continent. What are the similarities – economic and political – what are the differences? Is South Africa unique?

The appropriation of leftover European institutions, the growth of local political agendas, and the use of unfair economic practices characterized post-1945 South African history in ways similar to the histories of other former British African territories (Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, etc.).  Post-1945 South Africa differentiated itself from the rest of the African continent through its… Continue reading Compare and contrast the history of South Africa post-1945 with that of any other country, or several countries, on the African continent. What are the similarities – economic and political – what are the differences? Is South Africa unique?

History and Area Studies Essays

How did European and Indigenous experiences and knowledge inform their views of the other in the early colonial period, focusing on the sedentary Indigenous peoples and the Spaniards? How did these views influence each side's subsequent actions and reactions?

With the eventful, yet easy, conquest of the Caribbean, the European Spaniard’s view of the other (in this case, the sedentary peoples of Mesoamerica and the Andes) was shaped by previous interactions with the native peoples of the Caribbean and the Yucatan/Veracruz coast; the Spaniards viewed these peoples as a controllable population with a potential… Continue reading How did European and Indigenous experiences and knowledge inform their views of the other in the early colonial period, focusing on the sedentary Indigenous peoples and the Spaniards? How did these views influence each side's subsequent actions and reactions?