I have to write a Change-over-Time essay...help with thesis!!! i have to write a COT essay (Change over time ) and i am having troubles with the thesis. My topic is the change in political aspects and cultural aspects from 300 CE to 600 CE in India. It has to include the beginning(300 CE), middle( around 450 CE), and end (600 CE). Also, i have to include "Why the change happened". All of that has to be for political and cultural aspects! How can i put that into a thesis statment?  

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The first step, of course, is to determine the most significant political and cultural changes that strike you as the compelling factors in the change you identify--which means you also have to identify the primary change. For example, consider change over time in America between 1940, 1950 and 1960.

In 1940, big bands were in the swing of power and government was escalting social programs. In 1950, music had changed to early rock and roll and government was battling through McCarthyism. In 1960, the children of WWII veterans rebelled against newly won consumerism and listened to psychedelic rock and roll while Vietnam heated up before coming to a boil (i.e., worsened until reaching a decisive level).

A thesis for this would be drawn from identifying cultural change as moving from conservatism and post-war economic expansion to rebellion and naturalism while political change moved from global war to suspicion to local engagements.

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I agree. I also thought this might be easier if you had some useful resouces, so here goes. The first one is really neat, from the British Museum. http://www.ancientindia.co.uk/. This Wikipedia links breaks things up into categories, which might be helpful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_ancient_India. Finally, here's one from the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/india/
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I would start off by identifying and tracing the main changes that occurred during this period. This will obviously help you when it comes to writing your thesis statement. You might want to pick the central change that occurred and the reason for it occurring and then put it into a thesis statement. Remember, simple and elegant is better than long and rambling, so, you might want to try something like this:

The greatest political change in India betwee 300 CE to 600 CE was......., which occurred because of.....

This simple statement should be able to convey your thesis and then allow you to begin arguing your essay.

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