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    I am doing an EPQ on human rights compared in Roman v Han Chinese empires, and I'd like some help.
    I want to do international relations, and obviously that means topics like human rights, diplomacy, etc are main topics
    However, i'm really unsure as to what topic to focus on. Women, children are typical and predictable ones for human rights, especially women (stayed at home but occasionally influential blah blah) so not as insightful as I'd like my EPQ to be
    What I'm basically asking is - are there any themes you'd consider interesting to compare Han China and Roman empire on, especially in relation to hegemony and political involment? If it could be centred on international relations/politics/rights that'd be awesome
    Also - I chose these empires because they existed at the same time and lasted over 200 years, interacting occasionally too so lots of info on what they thought of each other too, which I think is super cool
    Really appreciate ideas any at all I'm just trying to narrow down my focus for research purposes!
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    (Original post by siggystardust)
    I am doing an EPQ on human rights compared in Roman v Han Chinese empires, and I'd like some help.
    I want to do international relations, and obviously that means topics like human rights, diplomacy, etc are main topics
    However, i'm really unsure as to what topic to focus on. Women, children are typical and predictable ones for human rights, especially women (stayed at home but occasionally influential blah blah) so not as insightful as I'd like my EPQ to be
    What I'm basically asking is - are there any themes you'd consider interesting to compare Han China and Roman empire on, especially in relation to hegemony and political involment? If it could be centred on international relations/politics/rights that'd be awesome
    Also - I chose these empires because they existed at the same time and lasted over 200 years, interacting occasionally too so lots of info on what they thought of each other too, which I think is super cool
    Really appreciate ideas any at all I'm just trying to narrow down my focus for research purposes!
    Interesting stuff. While you could complicate things, I'd try and keep it very simple, especially given the time-frame of both empires. Keep your project question to the point where is sets up a debate. Topics could range from the rise and fall of both empires, how both empires have evolved into their respective societies of today and if any of the culture remains, how did both empires manage to further economic and political gain (e.g. wars), why both empires ultimately fell, the discrepancy between male and female citizens of both empires, the impacts of both empires etc.
    While these may seem very vague, your EPQ essay ultimately has to set out some form of debate which can be argued both ways with your various sources and own views. This is how you achieve the highest marks ultimately.
    Another bit of advice would be to begin searching for sources immediately as due to the age of these empires, reliable sources will be very hard to come by, especially when you're almost certainly limited to secondary source material. Therefore I'd conduct your research now, see what you find and shape your project around what you find. You can use the reference section on Wikipedia to help and I'd also recommend Google Scholar (I used this frequently while doing my EPQ). Any trips and museums abroad would also be very good if possible as-well as any well stocked library.
    Overall, that sounds like both a challenging but supremely interesting project to undertake. Good luck!
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    (Original post by srdavison123)
    Interesting stuff. While you could complicate things, I'd try and keep it very simple, especially given the time-frame of both empires. Keep your project question to the point where is sets up a debate. Topics could range from the rise and fall of both empires, how both empires have evolved into their respective societies of today and if any of the culture remains, how did both empires manage to further economic and political gain (e.g. wars), why both empires ultimately fell, the discrepancy between male and female citizens of both empires, the impacts of both empires etc.
    While these may seem very vague, your EPQ essay ultimately has to set out some form of debate which can be argued both ways with your various sources and own views. This is how you achieve the highest marks ultimately.
    Another bit of advice would be to begin searching for sources immediately as due to the age of these empires, reliable sources will be very hard to come by, especially when you're almost certainly limited to secondary source material. Therefore I'd conduct your research now, see what you find and shape your project around what you find. You can use the reference section on Wikipedia to help and I'd also recommend Google Scholar (I used this frequently while doing my EPQ). Any trips and museums abroad would also be very good if possible as-well as any well stocked library.
    Overall, that sounds like both a challenging but supremely interesting project to undertake. Good luck!
    Thanks for this (:
 
 
 
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