Dexter Perkins, a well-known authority on United States history, said, “History is a kind of introduction to more interesting people than we can possibly meet in our restricted lives; let us not neglect the opportunity.” High school students looking for good topics for a world history paper may find it more enjoyable to focus on people and events in which they are genuinely interested.

The Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin, reputed to be the cloth that wrapped Jesus’ body, appeared in a small French community in 1357 and resides today in Turin, Italy. Though many have tried, no one has yet proven conclusively that the shroud is legitimate. A student might follow the shroud from Lirey, France, to Turin and explain the role of religious relics in the Catholic church.

Crystal Skulls

Thirteen quartz crystal skulls have appeared in various locations in Central and South America. No one can explain why these skulls exist or how they came to be crafted. A history student who enjoys mysteries might track the discovery of the skulls or the various theories of where they originated and their purpose. The student might also look into Aztec religious practices that appear to have used skulls in rituals.

Monarchies

Monarchies ruled many cultures, passing down the governance of the kingdom from one generation to the next. Family members might even marry one another to maintain a grip on the kingdom, as was the case in ancient Egypt and Europe. A history student might create a genealogy chart of several historical ruling families, noting how marriages were arranged to provide the best alliances between countries. The student might also report how inbreeding between near and extended families created health issues, such as hemophilia.

Ancient Deities

The history student might write a report on ancient religious traditions and deities. The student could use myths, fables, ancient temple ruins and artifacts to create an interesting and varied report on how religion influenced civilization. He might also compare and contrast the various deities and traditions as one civilization conquered another and absorbed it.