HIS 241
Inheritance Paragraph Assignment




Valentin Serov (1865-1911), Peter the Great, 1907 (Tempera on cardboard, Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow)

Valentin Serov, Peter the Great
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Read the Decree on Single Inheritance, March 23, 1714 (along with the remarks by Professor Evans on Peter the Great) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from Peter's Decree (not from the textbook), what did the decree indicate about the nature of the Russian political system during his reign?

Your paragraph should be about one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use direct, quoted material to support your points.  You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course instructor following the directions for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course.



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