Submit a 2 page outline(example: HIS 40B outline pdf) of a paper you could write in response to the essay prompt listed below. You are not writing a paper, you are writing down your outline for a paper. You may draw on sources given
- Imperialism Theme
- It has been an argument of this class that colonialism or imperialism has been a constant and crucial theme of modern East Asian history, even after the period of formal colonialism ended in 1945. Write a short essay analyzing how colonialism has been understood by specific authors in at least three sources from across the twentieth century. How do they identify the features of colonialism or imperialism? How do they assess its impact on their lives or the lives of their compatriots and neighbors? What measures do they advocate (if any) in response?
Theme Paper Outline – Example
I. Introductory Paragraph:
A. Topic: Imperialism in Chinese History
B. List the sources
1. Fei Qihao’s Accounts of the Boxer Rebellion;
2. The Treaty of Nanjing, 1842; and
3. “Accounts of the Shining Red Lanterns”
C. Background info: European-American imperialism in China in the 19th century
was terrible and cruel, and it was resisted by many Chinese people.
D. Problem: However, this does not mean that all anti-imperialist action was seen
as good by all Chinese.
E. Thesis statement: The accounts by Fei Qihao, a Chinese Christian, of the
murders of his friends during the Boxer Rebellion complicate the notion that all
Chinese people had the same experiences of imperialism, and of anti-imperialist
F. Strategy: Analysis of the emotive language used in primary sources, and
comparison of sources
II. First Body Paragraph:
A. Topic statement: Crimes against humanity conducted in the name of
anti-imperialist action are still crimes.
B. Evidence: Fei Qihao wrote that he witnessed several crimes by the Boxers
1. QUOTE: “[we] talked long and earnestly over plans for saving the lives of
our beloved missionaries.” – Fei Qihao
2. QUOTE: “There were ten ocean men killed, three men, four women, and
three little devils.” – a Boxer supporter describing the murder of a
3. ANALYSIS: Explain the political significance of the term “beloved” and
contrast with the Boxer term “little devils”. Explain how this relates to the
C. Argument: Children are innocent, and therefore the murder of children is a
crime. The murder of the children of missionaries and of native Chinese
Christians was a crime, even though it was done in the name of resistance to
D. Segue: [how this connects to your next paragraph, logically]
III. Second Body Paragraph:
A. Topic Statement: …
A. Restate thesis: a reading of primary sources shows that the different responses
to imperialism were complex.
B. Discussion: From my analysis, we can see that …
C. Further Questions:
1. Were peoples’ experiences of imperialism different because of class,
region, gender, or other status?
2. Were there people in the Boxer rebellion who condemned the crimes that
Fei Qihao describes?
3. Were there foreigners who condemned the imperialist actions of their own
governments against China?