Second Paper Assignment

3 to 4 pages in length, double-spaced (and no more than 4 pages)
Due: Dec. 10 AM

Please choose one of the following two assignments.

1. Has the United States been an "exceptional" (unique) civilization? Please include specific examples of similarities and differences between the United States and Europe from the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.

2. Modern Western civilization was founded upon the Enlightenment ideals of "liberty," "equality," and "progress." To what extent has Western Civilization succeeded in achieving these ideals in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries? To what extent has it failed? Why or why not? Please define your terms with precision and provide specific examples and concrete evidence to reinforce your argument.

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