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French Colonial Legacies: Developing Your Research Topic

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Developing our Research Topic

  • Start with a topic that interests you.
  • Get Background Information
  • Notes keywords, names, places, organizations
  • Develop you research question
  • Is your research question too broad or narrow ( some prelimary searching/reading will help you determine this)
  • Develop a thesis statement


For example,

Topic keywords: French Alergerian war

Your Research Question/Interest might be: What is the lasting impact of the French Algerian War in contemporary France and Algeria?

Thesis Statement:

In 2012, both France and Algeria celebrated the ceasefire ending the French Algerian War. Today,  traces of the war remain in both countries with unresolved problems such as discrimination and mistrust.