Analyze the Article by Rebecca Robinson, “Spectacular Power in the Early Han and Roman Empires”

Article Analysis Instructions For this written assignment you will analyze the article by Rebecca Robinson, “Spectacular Power in the Early Han and Roman Empires” from Journal of World History, vol. 29 no. 3 (2018), pp. 343-68. Your paper should be 3-4 pages in length, no less than 1200 words, double-spaced. It can be submitted in the dropbox under Assignments. (See also the syllabus for more information on written assignments in this class.) This article can be found in Ohiolink’s Electronic Journal Center via LCCC’s library website. A link to the article has been provided under the Section Two Modules tab. If you are on campus, the link should take you directly to the article. If you are off campus, the link will take you to the website but you will need to use your student ID activated for library use to log into the system. Alternatively, you can locate the article by following these steps: 1) go to www.lorainccc.edu/library; 2) click on ‘library catalog’; 3) click on ‘Ohiolink catalog’; 4) click on ‘OL Home’ (at the top of the page); 5) click on ‘Electronic Journal Center’; 6) enter the author and title information in the searchbox; 7) once you’ve located the article, click on ‘pdf full-text.’ If you are following these steps from off-campus, you will also be asked to provide your student ID information. This assignment serves several purposes. Firstly, it will allow you to work with a secondary source focused on one topic (rather than the textbook’s broad coverage). This will provide you with information to enhance your understanding of the topic in question. Secondly, fundamental to the study of history at the college level is moving beyond knowing pieces of information to understanding how those pieces of information are analyzed by historians to draw larger conclusions. Working in depth with a scholarly article will give you practice in understanding how historical analysis is undertaken and functions in our understanding of historical developments or episodes. Finally, your paper will serve as assessment of your critical reading and writing skills. If you are new to scholarly journal articles, a bit of background information. Before publication, scholarly articles undergo a peer-review process. The author submits the article manuscript to the journal, and it is then sent out to readers (other scholars in the field) who assess the article based on the validity and clarity of the argument as well as the validity of the research documented in the footnotes. The article is then either recommended for publication, rejected, or recommended for publication but with suggested revisions. Once this stage is passed, the article is published. Your assignment is an analysis of the article. Some tips for reading and analysis — importantly, it can take several careful readings to fully understand the article in its entirety. Don’t feel frustrated if it takes three or more readings to be fully comfortable with the article. Once you’ve reached that stage of comprehension, the analysis will be much easier to compose. As you read, pay attention to the following: 1) what is the author’s thesis? 2) what is the author’s conclusion(s)? On what evidence is the argument constructed? How is it interpreted? How is the argument constructed? (what are its component building blocks?) Your paper’s introduction should set out the author and title of the article and its purpose and thesis. What is the subject? time period? what are the questions for analysis? Briefly provide the author’s conclusions. In the body of the paper you should set out the key elements of the argument. Critical reading of the article for its argument — rather than the pieces of information it contains on which the argument is based — is a helpful exercise in learning or refining your skills in historical analysis and argument. Your conclusion should address the author’s conclusions in greater depth than you did in the introduction, possible now that you’ve set out the article’s purpose and argument in greater detail. An important tip. Keep the author squarely centered in the paper. For example, this article addresses and compares the use of religious ritual as a support for political authority and narrative at crucial stages in the Han Empire and Rome’s transition from Republic to Empire. So, keep in mind–you are not writing a paper about this subject using just this one article as a source; you are analyzing the author’s argument regarding this topic. Continued reference to the author will keep the author’s argument as the focus of the paper rather than the topic. For example, rather than writing about the religious rituals and their use, periodically preface your comments with “As Robinson argues, ….” or “As Robinson emphasizes, …” , etc. This should help to keep your focus on deconstructing the argument rather than telling me about the topic in question (again helping you to understand how historians use evidence to construct historical analysis). As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions about any of this.