Historiography of World History

World History Narrative (Un)Essay

Shelley Rose

Essay Schedule

  • Week 13: Thesis Statement due

  • Week 14: Outline or Concept Map due

  • Finals Week: Final Narrative due


In this visual essay (at least 2000 words total, not including references), choose one of the broad themes from our course listed below to demonstrate your understanding of world history.

  • Use the theme to create an world history narrative (between c. 3500 BCE and 2020 CE)
  • Demonstrate exchanges between societies, global interconnections and historical change over time.
  • Use at least 4 secondary sources and at least 3 primary sources to support your argument. Any secondary internet sources from outside of class (except peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles) must be included in your outline or annotated bibliography.

Employ your knowledge of the historiography of world history to support your argument and narrative framework (i.e. periodization, coverage, content)

Potential Themes

  • Migration
  • Social Movements
  • Trade
  • Gender/Sexuality
  • Science/Technology
  • Material Culture/Objects
  • Imperialism
  • Ideas


Visual essays should be created as a StoryMap that includes at least 2000-3000 words. All sources must be cited using the Chicago Manual of Style (footnote/bibliography).Alternative Format: You may choose to write a traditional essay. Here are the expectations: Essays should be 2000-3000 words. Bibliography & page numbers are required. All sources must be cited using the Chicago Manual of Style


Refer to the rubric. Essays will be graded on your ability to follow the directions above as well as formatting and organization. This includes using the proper formatting for Chicago Style Footnotes.  Be sure that you construct a clear, concise argument that demonstrates the importance of your chosen theme for world history.

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