To explore the concept of complexity, think a little more about the topic you have chosen for your historical analysis essay. Your essay, of course, is relatively brief, so your thesis statement is probably fairly narrow. That is as it should be.
But just for the purposes of this discussion, imagine that you are not writing a brief research paper—instead, you are writing a full-length book. What would you do to produce a fuller, more complex discussion of this event? What different historical lenses might you apply? What causes or consequences of this event would you examine in greater depth? Does your event raise morally complex questions?
Don’t worry—you do not really have to write a book. Just take two or three paragraphs to explain how you might develop a more complex picture of your historical event, if you had the time and the space to do just that.