Topics for Red Essay #1

Write an essay criticizing or defending one of the topics below. It is due 10 Feb. in class. The essay should be 3-4 pages, double-spaced.

 1. Defend or criticize this assertion:

 “Thatcher was the De Gaulle of the UK. Her personality dominated politics during her government but she was unable to fulfill her agenda and social unrest essentially forced her from power. The lesson is clear: personality is a weak basis for political consensus in an industrialized democracy.”


2. Defend or criticize this assertion:

 “Hitchcock exaggerates the role of Gorbachev in bring about the peaceful “revolutions of 1989” in eastern Europe. Domestic social and economic forces inside East Germany, Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia made the continuation of communist authoritarianism impossible. Without Gorbachev, the revolutions of 1989 would have occurred in the same way.”

Formatting Rules for Essays

Essays must be typed or machine-printed and stapled (no paper clips or folders). Do not use colored paper. Keep a copy of your submitted essay. Use fonts no smaller than 12 points. Use a serifed font, like
Times New Roman or Palatino and not sans serif fonts, like Arial. (While sans serif fonts are easier to read on monitors, they are harder to read, for me at least, on printed paper.)

Have separate title page with 1) your name 2) your team and essay # (e.g, Blue #1) and 3) your student ID number printed on it.

Do not put your name or ID number on the pages of text (I grade "blind"). Text should be double-spaced and have 1-inch margins. Number the pages of text.

Put the number or the first few words of the topic that you are writing on at the start of the first page of text.