These exercises are meant to act as a stimulus and a guide for students to further their inquiry into the seven main themes of the Chambers' text: social structure,the body politic, evolution of economic systems, evolution of the family and changing gender roles, war, religion, and cultural expression. There will be a special emphasis on the evolution of family and gender roles.
The Gods and Goddesses of Mesopotamia
Religion and gender roles have been very closely connected throughout history. Explore the world of the gods and goddesses of Mesopotamia. Then answer the following questions:
How do the gods' roles compare to those of the goddesses?
Explore the links below, then compare and contrast attitudes toward homo- and bi-sexuality among ancient Egypt, ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, and Modern Europe. Then relate how such attitudes reflect generally on the respective societies.
People with a History
Open Directory Project Guide to Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual History
The Hidden Power of Ancient Grecian women
Athenian women were not allowed to read and write as women of Sparta were. Athenian women still had some important subtle powers in society as research has revealed.
What were those powers?
How did the status of Athenian and Spartan women reflect on their respective societies?
Newly Found Powers of Women of Early Christianity
Karen L. King, a Professor of New Testament Studies and the History of Ancient Christianity at Harvard University in the Divinity School, has compiled new discoveries in the last 20 years which have shed new light on the roles of women in early Christian history.
Why have these revelations only come to light in the last 20 years? What kind of lesson is this in historiography?
What do these revelations tell us about the broader importance of women in ancient Christian societies?
The Fall of Rome
How did the interplay of religion, family dynamics, social structures, war campaigns, peace negotiations and bodies politic influence the demise of Rome?
What were some of the surprising roles that women of the Crusades played in war, economics, the home front, and politics?
Married to the Middle
How did marriage in the Middle Ages fit in with the economic, religious, and social structures of the times?
What foundations of urban systems found in today's towns have roots in the Medieval English towns?
Six Wives of Henry VIII
How did the six wives of Henry VIII influence religion, politics, family, and social dynamics in 16th century England?
How were they affected by the above factors?
How were each of the wives able to exert power, even when confronted by their powerful husband?
Renaissance of the Family
How was Family Life different in the Renaissance period from it is now?
Power in the House Hapsburg
How was marriage used as a tool of power in House of Hapsburg?
Why was the sans-culottes movement important to the French Revolution of 1789 and later revolutions?
As the first working class movement that incorporated both a political stance and a social condition, what were its most lasting legacies?
The Power of the Pen
How can cultural expression influence change as exemplified by women writers of 19th century France?
The Victorian Age
What values of the Victorian Age have laid the basis for modern society?
What Victorian values have we discarded or re-examined in the post modern age?
How did the art of World War II posters persuade people of the time?