History Research Paper Topics - What Are These Today?I've recently seen a lot of discussion about the use of what's known as 'history research paper topics.' This is a topic of many things to do with history. Often they are the same thing, but they don't have to be.
The term Reddii was first used by British historian Harold Ross when he visited Germany in the late 1870s. He was curious as to how German settlers had assimilated and changed in the face of foreign culture. Reddii was in reference to the popular English term 'redcoat,' and it is from the word 'Rund' which mean to red or black.
Reddii in German is Rudii. It is 'Rundii' in Latin. Reddii means 'the red ones.' Rudii is German for 'enemy race.'
The British referred to the Germans as 'Redcoats,' which is an English euphemism for enemy. Redcoats are the term used today for the US Army's Rangers.
Even though Reddii has been used by scholars since the 1800s, it didn't become popular until the 1980s. To some extent the English and German terms were borrowed from each other because many Americans still think of Germans as Redcoats or Reddii.
Before Reddii became popular, there were other history research paper topics that were similar. One of the most famous was called 'Reichsgebot,' or 'German Beer Law.' This was a German study on American beers and the Bavarian government tried to prevent exports of beer into the United States. The law stated that any beer from a German brewery would not be sold within the US.
There was also a trend toward using far-right and nationalist terminology in textbooks and history research paper topics, which was actually very similar to the methods used by Reddii. In fact, this might have had something to do with the rise of nationalism during the second World War. This was a time of nationalist wars in Europe and the US was embroiled in one between anti-Communists and conservatives.
What we are seeing today is that history research paper topics like Reddii can often be less important than the information itself. As in the case of Nazi Germany, it's more important to get the facts right than to use the wrong terminology. Still, I like to think of Reddii as the beginning of the use of nationalist-based terminology to reference history in the US.