IAH 202a: Europe and the World
Professor Liam M. Brockey
Essay Assignment 1
Please read and contemplate the following questions. Answer one (1) of them in a 4 to 5 page paper. Submissions should be no shorter than four pages and no longer than five pages. Document formatting should be as follows: 1” (one inch) margins on all sides, double spacing, 12 point type, no title page, no “works cited”/bibliography/footnotes. Remember to proofread your work. It is in your best interest to make an outline of your response prior to writing, since your papers will be judged on the basis of clarity and coherence. In general, it is best to begin each paragraph of your paper with a topic sentence and conclude each paragraph with a citation of evidence that supports the assertion you made in your topic sentence. No outside sources are necessary for this project. Cite only the sources we have read for this course. (Attention! Do not cite the professor’s lectures!) Parenthetical references should be used: e.g. (Brockey, p. 7). Please avoid unnecessarily abstract language; the questions are specific, so please make your answers specific. Papers will be due in class on Thursday, February 16. All papers must be stapled when delivered.
Early Modern Europeans And Cultural Differences
The authors of the play Merchant of Venice, François Pyrard’s travel account, and Ruiz-de-Montoya’s Spiritual Conquest have written descriptive works about their interactions with other cultures. The diversity and differences of cultural practices and conflicts give a vivid picture of the nature of cultural interactions of Europeans and other nations around the world. Each of these interactions portrays a picture through which the author views cultural differences and how cultural interactions have shaped their missions and society. Themes such as religion, dress, habits, or gender relations take center stage in showing the nature of these interactions by modern Europeans and how they dealt with cultural differences. In this article, extensive discussions on how the authors have described cultural interactions in their works are described in detail.
Ruiz-de-Montoya’s Spiritual Conquest describes a detailed account of how the priests went on to spread the Gospel in the remote villages of Loreto and San Ignacio. Their approach to spreading the gospel to a community deeply rooted in cultural practices and rituals met a fair share of resistance. The deployed methods such as establish learning ce