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Question: Is it advisable that you do not write an EE on Mao?

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Well, I remember reading somewhere that it is not recommended that you write an EE or a Historical Investigation on Mao because the IBO-people who mark the essays (Jeez, I forgot what they're called... anyone?) will be really familiar with it, because of Mao's "popularity" (hehe). Is this true?

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Well the general idea is not to write your IA or EE about something that is overly cliched and done so many times, just to prevent the examiner (that's what they're called :D ) being so familiar with it that they can nitpick you. It's the same with JFK, too general aspects of Hitler etc etc. I think it applies more to EE than IA as the IA is so short it shouldn't matter much because you would only have room to talk about what other people have talked about anyway.

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Writing an EE on Mao is too general, and the examiner will probably be a pro on the topic. If you really really want to write on this topic I would say pick a specific topic, such as Mao's policy towards the Soviet union during the war in Korea, or something like that.

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Writing an EE on Mao is too general, and the examiner will probably be a pro on the topic. If you really really want to write on this topic I would say pick a specific topic, such as Mao's policy towards the Soviet union during the war in Korea, or something like that.
You could do that, but you still run the risk of your examiner knowing a lot on Mao since he is a pretty big figure. At my school, it's advised that you pick topics that the chances of an examiner knowing what they are, are 1 in 10000. One of your instructors told us, for example like in English, to write your EE on a Canadian book published in the past 5 years. Because by now, there would probably still be a lot to be analyzed, chances are really rare that your examiner would have even heard of your author - let alone your book.

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Guys, NO!!!

I did my EE on Mao and the Cultural Revolution, and I must say that I loved the final result, it went out with an A and I am pretty sure it will also come back good. Actually, I find it really good to do the EE on something known because then you will find many information on it, and quoting many diffrent sources is always good, especially on a history EE...

Relax, calm down, read Roderich MacFarquaher (a Harvard expert on Mao).... and do your EE on it, it's really interesting!!!

Sorryy, I wrote the guy's name wrong... it's RodericK Mac Farquaher (I'm not sure of his last name, but look it up on google, it's one of the most known Mao specialists..)

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I guess doing something that is well known has its positives and its negatives.

Yea, you will totally find more information than if you picked someone obscure. However, if you want to do something well known try and put a spin to it to make it original and creative not like the exact same paper many others will write.

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oh my...

my EE's title is To what extent did the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution impact upon the youth of China?

...am I like in deep trouble???????

does anyone know any historians who specifically talk about Youth's sufferings in the cultural revolution???

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oh my...

my EE's title is To what extent did the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution impact upon the youth of China?

...am I like in deep trouble???????

does anyone know any historians who specifically talk about Youth's sufferings in the cultural revolution???

Heyy,

I did my EE on almost exactly the same topic.. (my focus was the the coherency of the Red Guards youth with what the Cultural Revolution was meant for...)

One book that REALLY helped me is one names Ten Years of Madness that basically has many personal stories about youngsters who lived during the CR. Really worth reading.

Hoped that helped.

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