I am going to write an academic essay around 2000 - 3000 words on Orientalism and Postcolonialism.I need some advice and suggestions for a thesis. I will appreciate if someone can provide a...

I am going to write an academic essay around 2000 - 3000 words on Orientalism and Postcolonialism.

I need some advice and suggestions for a thesis. I will appreciate if someone can provide a guideline for me to start my essay. Thank you.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Of the two topics, I would definitely chose Postcolonialism because it's highly relevant now and I think better defned than Orientalism. You are going to have an easier time if you choose a specific approach, such as how postcolonial countries are influenced by thier colonial era.
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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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You need to further define your idea to get to a thesis.  Are you comparing the two ideas and the effects on countries?  Are you going to say that both are important to the development of countries after colonialism with its structure disappears?  Postcolonialism is intriguing because it has effects on both countries--the conqueror and the conquered which are now free of each other.  If I were you, I would brainstorm ideas for the body, see which ones you feel strongly about, and then begin a brief outline to guide and develop your ideas.  Thinking about how you would be affected may also help you develop you ideas.  Good luck at choosing; just make sure you have enough  examples and proof  for whichever thesis you choose.

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