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Thesis
• It is not acceptable to simply say “the two
civilizations were similar and different”
– specify specifically how they are similar and different
• Possible Prompt:
Analyze similarities and differences in techniques of
imperial administration in TWO of the following
empires.
– Han China (206 B.C.E.–220 C.E.)
– Mauryan/Gupta India (320 B.C.E.–550 C.E.)
– Imperial Rome (31 B.C.E.–476 C.E.)Example
• The political system of Han China is similar to
the Guptan Empire in that both included strict
laws and stressed the importance of your role
in society. A major difference between these
administrations is that in Han China the king
was fully in charge, even revered, while in the
Mauryan/Guptan Empire priests were at the
top of the hierarchy.Example
• The imperial administration of Han China and
Imperial Rome were similar because they
were both headed by an emperor. However,
they differed in their treatment of the
emperor. In Han China a ruler’s decisions, if
detrimental to society, could be questioned.
While in Rome, what the emperor decreed
could not be questioned.What do I need for my thesis?
• You must address 1 specific similarity and 1
specific difference.
• i.e. Both the Empires of China and Rome were
ruled by an emperor who maintained imperial
control, however, the Chinese instituted a
system of scholar bureaucrats that gained
their position through merit, while the
Romans never achieved such an elaborate
bureaucracy.What is a direct comparison?
• This is a comparison that is not split between
paragraphs or by other sentences. It must be
one or two sentences that compare one
subject of the comparison to another.
• Your comparisons should be supported by
evidence to support your statement.Example
Direct Comparison: While both the Roman and Han (or Gupta)
Empires left behind many achievements, the Han (or Gupta)
were much more technologically and culturally creative.
Evidence:
- The...
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