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Pick 1 of 10 documents at end of instructions only able to upload 5 if you prefer another message me and ill find it and send it. Make sure you consult course policies in the syllabus about paper formatting, late assignments, and plagiarism. You will be graded on formatting, as well as on argument, evidence, analysis, and prose. This paper is a 1000-word analysis of a primary source. You are expected to focus on your chosen primary source, but also to incorporate secondary sources in your analysis. This paper does not require outside research so you should use previously assigned readings for your secondary source citations. Your paper needs to be a coherent essay with an introduction, analytical argument, and conclusion. Historians use primary sources (images, texts, journals, broadcasts, songs, diaries, newspapers, cartoons, history books, articles, court records, novels, films, letters, speeches, etc.) to understand and build narratives about the past. Different people read sources in different ways because they bring various experiences and knowledge bases to their encounter with the source. There is no right way to interpret a source, but you do need to provide evidence that supports the argument that you make in the paper. There are many questions that you can ask to help you formulate an argument about the primary source that you choose to work with in this paper (use the questions to help you find an original argument…do not answer the questions in your paper). I will include some of those questions below: When was the document written? Was it written during or after the events that it describes or depicts? If it was written later, does it tell you more about that time than about the time written about in the source? Who was the intended audience? Who is the author? What do you know about him or her? Can you identify his or her origins, nationality, religion, class, age, location, background? Whose point of view do you gain access to when you read this document? The elite? The peasantry? What was the author’s message or point in this source? What was he or she trying to accomplish by writing it? What type of document is this? A petition? A letter? A political report? If the author is describing an event, was he or she there? If not, then where does the reported information come from? How reliable is this document? Does its significance change when read against other primary or secondary sources? Are there particular phrases or words that you find interesting? Why do they catch your attention? What do they mean? Why are they being used? Do they have a greater argumentative or symbolic significance? Does the author endorse or criticize any national, cultural, or religious narratives/myths that you have learned about this semester? What are limitations of this source? What questions does this source not answer? If someone else, such as Bushkovitch or your professor, talked about this source then do you agree with their interpretations? Why or why not? Choose one document from the following list to analyze: “Zadonshchina,” Medieval Russia’s Epics, Chronicles, and Tales, Zenkovsky, ed., 185-198 “The Annexation of Novgorod,” Reinterpreting Russian History, Kaiser and Marker, 90-99 “Ivan the Terrible’s Own Account of His Early Life,” Medieval Russia, 276-285 “A Foreigner Describes the Oprichnina of Tsar Ivan the Terrible (1565-1570),” Reinterpreting Russian History, Kaiser and Marker, eds., 151-154 “A Letter from the False Dmitrii,” Medieval Russia, 357-359 “A Report from the Voevoda of Tobolsk,” Medieval Russia, 343-344 “Three Petitions to Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich,” Medieval Russia, 350-352 “The Law Code of 1649,” Readings in Russian Civilization, 154-161 “Avvakum’s Autobiography,” Readings in Russian Civilization, 128-140 Feofan Prokopovich, “Sermon on Royal Authority and Honor,” Russian Intellectual History, Marc Raeff, ed., 13-30
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