HIS 242
Sheets Paper Assignment

Read Lawrence Scott Sheets, 8 Pieces of Empire: A 20-Year Journey through the Soviet Collapse
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Answer the following question in a one-page paper:

Citing specific evidence from Sheets's 8 Pieces of Empire (not from the textbook), what were some of the common features/characteristics of the Soviet Union's break-up in the regions described by Sheets?

Your paper must follow the following format:
  • typed using a word processor (font size 10 or 12 only)
  • one-inch margins
  • double-spaced
  • page number citations for your quoted evidence
  • not to exceed one (1) page
  • name, date and HIS 242 at the top left
  • must have a brief introduction and conclusion (each not to exceed two sentences)
  • You may consider submitting drafts 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 introduction clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).  You can send in multiple drafts (within reason) of an assignment before you submit for a grade.
  • At times, you may be asked to rewrite your essay before it is graded.  This is done for your own benefit and will result in an improved grade.
Before proceeding, you might wish to read the short notes on the Sheets book. Please also make sure that you have read the remarks by Professor Evans on the End of the Soviet Union. You may also want to check out the information in my online notes about the Georgaphy of Russia.
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.

The Sheets Paper is worth a maximum of 100 points.



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