What is a controversial topic in world history that is interesting and has been researched?I'm writing an essay for my world history class and I can choose any topic. I'm wondering what interesting...

What is a controversial topic in world history that is interesting and has been researched?

I'm writing an essay for my world history class and I can choose any topic. I'm wondering what interesting and controversial topics there are that I can write about.

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If you have all of world history to choose from, there are so many possible topics.  Here are three examples from very different eras of history:

  • Who caused the Cold War to happen?  Was it the fault of the United States or was the Soviet Union more to blame?
  • Should Christopher Columbus be seen as a hero or as a villain?  There are those who say that Columbus is responsible for genocide while others argue that he was a great explorer.
  • Was European imperialism good for the countries that got colonized?  Some historians argue that British imperialism, in particular, was beneficial to the economic and political systems of the colonized countries.

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