This class covers a period in world history (1750‐1917 CE) that reveals growing human interconnectedness and interdependence across the globe. This period, for instance, saw the rise of reform movements all over the world. These movements reflected developments in literacy, technology, and communication that facilitated the emergence of civil society and the phenomenon of a “critical public.” This “critical public” called for measured change to certain aspects of society (this is reform), rather than for fundamental change to (or the outright destruction of) the prevailing order (this is revolution). Although there were many reform movements throughout the world, with varying aims, what they had in common was that the people participating in them joined forces and acted to advance change in ways that were impossible in earlier periods.
The Writing Prompt
Identify a specific reform movement, defined narrowly with respect to time, place, and subject, that took place during the period between 1750-1915 CE. In your essay, develop and present an argument about ONE (and only one) of the following aspects of the reform movement you choose to study:
a. the origin(s) of the reform movement
b. the impact(s) of the reform movement
c. the circumstances or forces that shaped the course of the reform movement or its outcome
d. the historical significance of the reform movement
e. resistance to a particular reform movement
Caution: This prompt asks you to study a reform movement, not idea. The reform movements you study may include, but are not limited to: colonial reform, economic reform, social reforms, labor reform, political reform, educational reform, religious reform, artistic/intellectual reform, indigenous reform, and environmental reform.
This is for my history class - a paper and such. Quite exciting (or not), but I do like the topic... however, I'd like to choose a topic that isn't already taken by the 500 or so other students that are taking this class. I would like suggestions for a reform movement
- something unique or interesting that would make a good paper topic (or just interesting), but isn't hideously famous.
Any suggestions? It can be from anywhere around the world, but I'm really interested in something from either Europe, China, or Japan.
I'm thinking about concentrating on an aspect of the 100 Days of Reform
in Qing Dynasty China, or on the Self-Strengthening Reform
in the same time period. The Meiji Restoration
is also a good candidate - I'm just afraid all the resources I want might be checked out, so I want some more options.
I would actually LOVE to do a religious or artistic / intellectual reform of some sort, but I don't know of any, nor how I would begin to search for some. Any ideas? Suggestions? The name of a reform movement would be fine, but if you can give books or resources that might help, that would be GREAT.