Fakebook about Vyacheslav Molotov Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assignment 1: Fakebook and Annotated Bibliography
To help you launch work on a topic that reflects your interests within the thematic spectrum of the
course, this first assignment prompts you to advance a biographical inquiry into a European figure of
the Cold War era. After all, by getting to know a significant character a little better, you will also take a
closer look at events, developments, and trends to which that individual was attached. Therefore, as
you choose a character, keep your interests in European History (since 1945) and the availability of
literature for subsequent assignments on your radar.
For this assignment, you will use Fakebook, an online tool that mimics Facebook, to create a profile for
one European character of significance. You can use background information from course resources
for inspiration, but you must independently locate source material to create a fictional social-media
profile that comprises personal information and exchanges with other figures of the period. This
assignment requires an informed, creative, and pro-active approach. Outlined below are the steps you
need to take to complete it.
1) Choose a European figure who held or attained notability during the Cold War era. Your character,
who must have been of significance in the spheres of politics, military, economy, society, culture, art,
ideology, or religion, needs to have been commonly known and influential between 1948 and 1990.
Selecting a well-known and researched person will simplify the task. If you are not sure whether your
choice qualifies, ask in advance.
Head to the course’s Google Sheet at <https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JsrXHo96sf6Jqbhjp-zxX1nbo8VKJ7g-sJSaxrRpHIE/edit?usp=sharing>
and record your selection (you must log in with your @fiu.edu student email account). Each figure can
only be picked once, and all picks are made on a first-come basis.
2) Become that figure—on Fakebook.
Here is a quick tutorial on how to use Fakebook.
Set up a Fakebook account for your figure (watch the tutorial). When you enter the character’s name,
you must include “FIU EUH 3282” (example: “Nikita Khrushchev EUH 3282”). Post the url of your
character’s Fakebook profile to the course’s Google Sheet as soon as you have first saved your
website. By all means, do not forget your password because if you do, you will need to start over.
Conduct research to gather knowledge on your figure’s life: When and where were they born? How
did they rise to prominence? What were they known for? What did they care about? Locate other
characters with whom they were connected as friends, or collaborators, or adversaries.
Create a detailed Fakebook profile and a lively Fakebook wall with status update posts; exchanges
with contacts; and other elements that reflect their ideas, attitudes, and beliefs. These posts and
exchanges are, of course, fictional, but they should be representative and plausible—the idea here is
to write speculative history that extends from historical insight. Information on the Fakebook page
should demonstrate thematic expertise; extend from actual research; and focus on major events,
developments, or trends to which the character was connected. In postings, be clear and precise about
the historical instances to which you are referring.
Each Fakebook Profile must contain the following:
An “About” section that summarizes the character’s life. At minimum, make sure to include the
following biographical information (but feel free to think of additional relevant info):
o Profile Picture and Profile Cover
o Biographical Data (date and place of birth etc.)
o Family Members
o Religion / Relationship Status
o Interests, Ideas, Convictions, Causes, Hobbies
At least five “Favorites” Section Blocks (feel free to add what seems pertinent to the character)
o 1 Block: Friends and Collaborators
o 1 Block: Opponents and Adversaries
o 1 Block: Favorite Books
o 1 Block: Role Models (or “People Who Inspired Me”)
o 1 Block: Crucial Historical Events
Posts (minimums) that should include visual, aural, or literal elements for illustration
o 7 original status posts about the character’s life events
o 7 original status posts documenting the character’s ideas and actions
o 7 response posts from different contacts (friends, enemies, contemporaries)—be
creative and build meaningful conversations
o 1 short video clip with relevance to the character
3) Write a Short Essay (three short sections, at least 500 words in total) explaining your Fakebook. In
Explain your choice of characters, events, and context
Reflect on what you have learned about your character and their core ideas
Say what thematic directions for work on subsequent assignments this project is pointing to
4) Craft a Chicago-style (“Notes and Bibliography” format) Annotated Bibliography of at least five
relevant secondary sources (ideally scholarly publications such as monographs, edited volumes, and
journal articles) that you found helpful. Under each bibliographic entry, include a description of at least
100 words to clarify the concrete benefit of that source (ideally with specific examples of information
Thus, your submission comprises three elements:
1) Fakebook Profile (paste url on the Google Sheet)
2) Short Essay through Canvas
3) Annotated Bibliography submitted through Canvas (it can be on the same document as the Short
Essay or you can submit a separate file to the same assignment slot)
Consider working with the Department of History’s writing tutors in the process of completing the
assignment. Remember to schedule appointments ahead of time. Review the rubric on Canvas.
Please and by all means heed what the syllabus states with regard to academic honesty
(particularly plagiarism) as well as verifiability and lateness of submissions. The Fakebook
Profile must contain the course number and you must retain the password to demonstrate intellectual
ownership. All text files must be saved and submitted in .docx or .pdf format. Alternate file types (such
as .pages etc.) as well as files containing characters, formatting, and scripts that render them
unreadable to Canvas are not allowed. Submissions need to constitute responses to the actual task to
receive any credit and be considered on time. The submission deadline is Sunday, September 19, at
This assignment accounts for fifteen percent of your course grade and, ideally, lays foundations for
your work on the other written assignments in this course.