Ompartive review of two books relevance to South Asian history
The ideal choice of topic is two contrasting biographies of such historically-significant figures such as the great Indian unifier and Buddhist leader Asoka;Akbar the Great,Shah Jahan or any ot the other four GreatMughal emperors;Indian freedom fighter Subaschandra Bose and Indian National Army; any of the Aga Khans;any of the industrialists from the families of J.R.D. Tata or Birla; the nun Mother Teresa; or the Nobel Prize winning author V.S. Naipaul. The report should be 5-8 pages. Questions which should be addressed in seperate paragraphs. Be sure to include these subheadings at the beginning of each paragraph.
1)What subject matter does each author cover?
2)How does each hand this subject?
3)What is the major thrust or interpretation of each book.
4)What issues, if any, are subordinated so as to bring out the main focus?
5) What are the writers sources of information?
6) What are the authors biases? How do you know? Use Ingram Library sources to get biographical information about each author.
7)What basic assumptions does each writer make about the indigenous history and people of South Asia? About Westerners in South Asia?
8) How do you rate the authors in terms of scholarship, style, clarity, and persuasiveness?
9) In a final concluding section compare and contrast the two books and indicate what new info you have gained from them over and beyound the assigned readings from class. This final, concluding section is the most important part of the report and will be so emphasized in grading.
Also the professor said he encourage us to cite reviews of these books and information about the authors available in Ingram Library reference works such as the Book Review Digest and Contemporary Authors. If you borrow such information, please include footnote references to them either at the bottom of the page or grouped together in a footnote section at the end of the paper. DO NOT usen parenthetical footnotes in the middle of your paper. Use the standard footnote reference form shown in Turabian, A Manual of Style, which is available in the reference section of Ingram Library. If you use Internet sources please attach a legible hard copy of what you have cited onto the back of your report.