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How to write a good historical thesis for a compare and contrast prompt?I can't think...

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caitshan715 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 8, 2012 at 1:57 AM via web

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How to write a good historical thesis for a compare and contrast prompt?

I can't think of how to formulate a strong these for this kind of compare and contrast prmpt because usually in my thesis I take a stand on a topic and try to direct my essay but here there's really no stand to take... 

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM (Answer #1)

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Actually, your thesis should be fairly easy to compose, provided you have planned your essay beforehand. Once you have properly planned your essay, you should have some idea in the direction it is going, and be able to formulate your thesis from that. Remember: your thesis is the argument presented in your essay which should follow throughout the body of the essay. Although it normally appears at the beginning of an essay, it should properly be the last portion of your essay composed; hence the importance of planning before writing.

In a compare and contrast essay, you should consider two things: (1) Similarities and (2) differences. You should take the two entities which you are comparing, say social structure between Islamic and Hindu India. Make yourself a list of similarities and differences. For instance, in this case, Hindus traditionally practiced the caste system based on one's birth and previous life; whereas the Koran insists that all are equal in the eyes of God. Your thesis would be something to the effect that although both Hindu and Islamic social systems were religiously based, one provided for a well defined system of social stratification whereas the other was based on equality of all individuals. This addresses both similarities and differences. It cannot be overemphasized, however, that without proper planning, it will be exceptionally difficult to write an effective historical essay.

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