Name of our Empire

There are three goals for this project: First, to pull together the economic and political history we have learned and connect it to the cultural innovation of the seventeenth and early eighteenth century. You are working generally on the period 1600 to 1750. Second, we are learning to find and evaluate internet based sources like timelines, google books, paintings, 360 degree panoramas, etc. Finally, we are practicing writing bibliographies using the Chicago Manual of Style method.

At the end of each section there should be a BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION for the works included.


Include a map of the area.

Economic Backdrop

This section should contain a paragraph that summarizes the economics of the region. Information should be drawn from the textbook, ABC-Clieo and your notes, but should represent your interpretation of the material. Included should be key commodities, trading partners and industries. Is mercantilism, the Columbian Exchange, silver trade, slave trade or any other major commercial system important in the region?

Political Backdrop

This section should contain a paragraph that summarizes the politics of the region. Information should be drawn from the textbook, ABC- Clieo and your notes, but should represent your interpretation of the material. You are welcome to ask the person who created the Case for Great to help you, IF you cite that person. Included should be the name of the dynasty (if it exists), a mention of significant (successful) leaders, and a discussion of key political policies or administrative structures.


Timetoast allows you to create a timeline and then embed it. You have to set up an account. For your timeline you might want to select five or six key political or economic dates and three or four major dates that illustrate cultural, religious or architectural trends. It is fine to search the site and incorporate a timeline that is already built, if you give the author credit. Note that you need to check the work and make sure that it is accurate. Don't use incorrect information.

Understanding Social Structures

Social Backdrop

This section can contain information on social hierarchies, gender roles, urban life, rural life, population statistics, conceptions of childhood, educational system, citizenship, etc. Information should be drawn from the textbook or ABC-Clieo, but should represent your interpretation of the material. Information can also be drawn from your research. You will need to select the aspects you think are most important and omit the ones you think are less relevant. The goal is to help the reader understand the samples of culture you select.

Hint for making this easier: find two or three specific vocabulary terms that will narrow your search, or use Google Advanced Search and provide a timeframe for the search. "Social life in the Tokugawa Shogunate" gives far better results than "Japanese history"

Artistic Innovation

Identify artistic motifs, techniques and themes popular in your region. Examples and explanations should explain what makes the art of your region unique.

There should be at least three examples presented each with a short explanation (by you.)

For this section you must have a minimum of six examples of art. They should be drawn from ARTSTOR
Tabor has an Artstor account. You should establish your own personal account while you are on-campus. This will allow you to save your searches and create powerpoints.

Be sure to caption your pictures with the title, artist and location of the object. This can be found with each picture.

Classic literary texts

This section will provide selections of the classic literature. The selections should be chosen to ensure that they highlight ideas and themes.

You can embed a selection from google books using the widget. If you can find an original manuscript example... all the better. You can also search for a text selection in the Internet History Sourcebooks (Fordham University sponsors the site).


This section will describe the religion. Pay attention to the art and architecture sections. If you plan to use a religious structure as an example, be sure to describe the religious tradition for which the building was built. It is also possible to use an analysis of the building to teach about theology. You may wish to add a bit more art here to illustrate your points.


This section should provide examples of monumental architecture of the region. You can also look for examples of urban culture. There should be at least three pictures or diagrams included in this section. Panoramas, use of Google Earth, etc. are all fine. Each item should be explained (by you.)

Observations about what we have learned.

This section should provide a paragraph length personal reflection about what you have learned about the culture and or the art of internet-based research.

Resources to try:

Hayden Library Portal You can also find this link by going to Podium and finding the Hayden Library Link on the right side of the page.
ARTSTOR - a GIANT repository of examples of art: searchable by time, location, and type. Note that most of them have descriptions which are helpful for composing summaries. It is found in the DATABASES tab.

360 virtual tours This link takes you to the Ottoman Empire. By searching for 360 tour and the name of a specific site you can often find an online tour. Some can be embedded.

Saudi Aramco World a great source for cultural resources for the Islamic World and parts of Africa.

Internet Source Books At the top there is a directory that will move you to other regions. Helpful for finding primary source accounts.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History at the Met Provides samples, essays that explain the periods and production techniques. Note the thematic categories in the bottom right of the introductory page.

British Museum World History Timeline Set to open in Asia, you can move about the globe.

British Museum Cultures Gives an overview. The top right of each page gives a selection of items from the museum.

British Library contains descriptions of and digitized images of cultural artifacts and texts.

Louvre - in English

Asia for Educators Great for East Asia resources

Search of will also yield a number of resources on Japan, India, etc.

You can also use Google Books, Google Scholar, Youtube.


F: Follows directions but steals material. Both footnotes (or endnotes) and a bibliography (in Chicago Manual of Style format) are expected. You can change text using the T button to create superscript numbers.1 In short, treat the project like writing a research paper. There should be a caption under each picture that gives the name, originator, date, and source. Paragraphs and descriptions should be your writing, not another author's work pasted in with a few key words changed using the thesaurus function in Word.
D: Follows directions, cites sources, doesn't complete the project, is riddled with errors. It is evident that the team failed to use its time well.
C: Follows directions. Pastes the correct items into the correct places but takes no care in explaining the choices made. Uses less than six sources. Text is SLOPPY - no proofing!
B: Follows directions. Describes the choices made using complete sentences and clear language. Labels items correctly. Cites sources. Organizes the visuals. The paragraphs are clearly written, but general in nature.
A: Does B - but, shows some extra care, thought and research. An A has a "Wow" factor. This does not mean more color or flying moneys. It means that the content selected does a great job TEACHING about the culture of the in that region in that time period.