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Thesis Statements

What is a thesis statement.

Your thesis statement is one of the most important parts of your paper.  It expresses your main argument succinctly and explains why your argument is historically significant.  Think of your thesis as a promise you make to your reader about what your paper will argue.  Then, spend the rest of your paper–each body paragraph–fulfilling that promise.

Your thesis should be between one and three sentences long and is placed at the end of your introduction.  Just because the thesis comes towards the beginning of your paper does not mean you can write it first and then forget about it.  View your thesis as a work in progress while you write your paper.  Once you are satisfied with the overall argument your paper makes, go back to your thesis and see if it captures what you have argued.  If it does not, then revise it.  Crafting a good thesis is one of the most challenging parts of the writing process, so do not expect to perfect it on the first few tries.  Successful writers revise their thesis statements again and again.

A successful thesis statement:

  • makes an historical argument
  • takes a position that requires defending
  • is historically specific
  • is focused and precise
  • answers the question, “so what?”

How to write a thesis statement:

Suppose you are taking an early American history class and your professor has distributed the following essay prompt:

“Historians have debated the American Revolution’s effect on women.  Some argue that the Revolution had a positive effect because it increased women’s authority in the family.  Others argue that it had a negative effect because it excluded women from politics.  Still others argue that the Revolution changed very little for women, as they remained ensconced in the home.  Write a paper in which you pose your own answer to the question of whether the American Revolution had a positive, negative, or limited effect on women.”

Using this prompt, we will look at both weak and strong thesis statements to see how successful thesis statements work.

While this thesis does take a position, it is problematic because it simply restates the prompt.  It needs to be more specific about how  the Revolution had a limited effect on women and  why it mattered that women remained in the home.

Revised Thesis:  The Revolution wrought little political change in the lives of women because they did not gain the right to vote or run for office.  Instead, women remained firmly in the home, just as they had before the war, making their day-to-day lives look much the same.

This revision is an improvement over the first attempt because it states what standards the writer is using to measure change (the right to vote and run for office) and it shows why women remaining in the home serves as evidence of limited change (because their day-to-day lives looked the same before and after the war).  However, it still relies too heavily on the information given in the prompt, simply saying that women remained in the home.  It needs to make an argument about some element of the war’s limited effect on women.  This thesis requires further revision.

Strong Thesis: While the Revolution presented women unprecedented opportunities to participate in protest movements and manage their family’s farms and businesses, it ultimately did not offer lasting political change, excluding women from the right to vote and serve in office.

Few would argue with the idea that war brings upheaval.  Your thesis needs to be debatable:  it needs to make a claim against which someone could argue.  Your job throughout the paper is to provide evidence in support of your own case.  Here is a revised version:

Strong Thesis: The Revolution caused particular upheaval in the lives of women.  With men away at war, women took on full responsibility for running households, farms, and businesses.  As a result of their increased involvement during the war, many women were reluctant to give up their new-found responsibilities after the fighting ended.

Sexism is a vague word that can mean different things in different times and places.  In order to answer the question and make a compelling argument, this thesis needs to explain exactly what  attitudes toward women were in early America, and  how those attitudes negatively affected women in the Revolutionary period.

Strong Thesis: The Revolution had a negative impact on women because of the belief that women lacked the rational faculties of men. In a nation that was to be guided by reasonable republican citizens, women were imagined to have no place in politics and were thus firmly relegated to the home.

This thesis addresses too large of a topic for an undergraduate paper.  The terms “social,” “political,” and “economic” are too broad and vague for the writer to analyze them thoroughly in a limited number of pages.  The thesis might focus on one of those concepts, or it might narrow the emphasis to some specific features of social, political, and economic change.

Strong Thesis: The Revolution paved the way for important political changes for women.  As “Republican Mothers,” women contributed to the polity by raising future citizens and nurturing virtuous husbands.  Consequently, women played a far more important role in the new nation’s politics than they had under British rule.

This thesis is off to a strong start, but it needs to go one step further by telling the reader why changes in these three areas mattered.  How did the lives of women improve because of developments in education, law, and economics?  What were women able to do with these advantages?  Obviously the rest of the paper will answer these questions, but the thesis statement needs to give some indication of why these particular changes mattered.

Strong Thesis: The Revolution had a positive impact on women because it ushered in improvements in female education, legal standing, and economic opportunity.  Progress in these three areas gave women the tools they needed to carve out lives beyond the home, laying the foundation for the cohesive feminist movement that would emerge in the mid-nineteenth century.

Thesis Checklist

When revising your thesis, check it against the following guidelines:

  • Does my thesis make an historical argument?
  • Does my thesis take a position that requires defending?
  • Is my thesis historically specific?
  • Is my thesis focused and precise?
  • Does my thesis answer the question, “so what?”

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History Dissertation Topics

Published by Grace Graffin at January 9th, 2023 , Revised On October 5, 2023

Introduction

Choosing the most appropriate topic for a history dissertation can be tricky. Before selecting a topic, it is imperative to have an in-depth knowledge of the historical events or phenomena you wish to evaluate. Complete comprehension of a topic area is necessary before you can go about the task of completing your dissertation.

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2022 History Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: who was responsible for european civil wars an exploratory study identifying the determinants of the 1870 franco-prussian war.

Research Aim: This research aims to determine various political, social, and economic factors which caused European civil wars. It will use the 1870 Franco-Prussian War as a case study to analyse which political, social, or economic forces played their part in exaggerating this war. Moreover, it will use various historical lenses to evaluate the available evidence in this area to determine the factors objectively. Lastly, it will recommend ways through a historical viewpoint that could’ve saved lives in these wars.

Topic 2: What were the Socio-Economic Discontents of the Second Industrial Revolution? A Marx-Engels Perspective

Research Aim: This study identifies various socio-economic discontents of the second industrial revolution through the Marx-Engels communist lens. It will analyse how the second industrial revolution brought undesirable socio-economic changes in Europe and the rest of the world. It will develop a socio-economic framework by using Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s critique of capitalism and social class theory to show the second industrial revolution divided the entire world into two classes. Moreover, it will show how imperialist powers used the second industrial revolution to change the world order.

Topic 3: Did Mongols Bring Social Change in Ancient Arab? Impact of Mongols Invasion on Ancient Arab Culture and Traditions

Research Aim: This research intends to analyse the social change brought by Mongols in ancient Arab. It will find the impact of the Mongols’ invasion on ancient Arab culture and traditions by identifying channels such as slavery, forced marriages, etc., through which Mongols brought a cultural change. Moreover, it will find whether Arabs could come back to their original state or modern Arabs have their traits? And through which ways did ancient Arabs resist those changes?

Topic 4: What is Common among the United States’ Iraq, Japan, Afghanistan, and Cuba Invasions? A Comparative Study Finding the United States Common Political and Economic Motives

Research Aim: This study compares the United States’ Iraq, Japan, Korea, Afghanistan, and Cuba invasions. It will identify the United States’ common political and economic motives among these invasions, which gave it an incentive to pursue. It will be a multidisciplinary study exploring geopolitical, geo-economic, geo-strategic, and historical aspects of the invasions. Moreover, it will also compare the post-invasion situation of these countries to show how these countries dealt with it and how can which didn’t recover from invasion can improve.

Topic 5: The Life and Work of William Shakespeare: His Influence on The Modern Theater- A Critique of Dr. Johnson

Research Aim: This study sheds light on the life and work of William Shakespeare by analysing his role in modern theater. It will try to highlight his contribution in the field of literature and theater but through the approach of Dr. Johnson. Johnson’s works will be evaluated to see whether William Shakespeare has done something significant for modern theater or it is just a one-sided view of William Shakespeare’s followers. It will analyse various works of William Shakespeare from Johnson’s critical lens to provide an objective assessment.

Covid-19 History Research Topics

Topic 1: the history of coronavirus..

Research Aim: This study will explore the historical facts and theories related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Topic 3: History of Spanish flu

Research Aim: In 1918, a deadly pandemic called Spanish flu hit the world, and many people lost their lives. This study will highlight the history of the disease, symptoms, and similarities with the present crisis of COVID-19.

Topic 3: The history of various types of pandemics and their consequences

Research Aim: This study will investigate the history of various types of pandemics and their consequences on people’s health, economy, and the world’s transformation after it.

History Research Topics 2021

Topic 1: types of communications in history.

Research Aim: This research aims to identify the types of communications in history

Topic 2: Terrorism and its impact on people's life

Research Aim: This research aims to address terrorism’s impact on people’s life

Topic 3: Treaty of Lausanne and the world's predictions about Turkey in 2023

Research Aim: This research aims to conduct a study on the Treaty of Lausanne and the world’s predictions about Turkey in 2023

Topic 4: Mythological stories and their impact on the youth

Research Aim: This research aims to study the impact of mythological stories on the youth.

Dissertation Topics from the Nineteenth Century

Topic 1: analysis of church wealth expropriation and political conflict in 19th century colombia..

Research Aim: The research will explore the events of political violence after independence in Colombia regarding the redefinition of the Catholic Church’s property rights. The study primarily focuses on the country after 1850 to measure the influence of that expropriation of the Church’s assets on political violence.

Topic 2: Exploring the impact of 19th-century development of refrigeration on The American meatpacking industry.

Research Aim: The city of Chicago in the United States is known to be the center of modern refrigeration development due to it being the hub of the meatpacking industry. The proposed research will analyse Chicago’s meatpacking sector’s development and its significant role in developing critical technologies such as refrigeration. The study will examine the development of refrigerated transport and cold storage units to comprehend the city’s meatpacking industry’s local and later global success throughout the 19th century.

Topic 3: Examining the impact of the telegraph in the United States of America

Research Aim: The research uses document analysis to examine the influence of the invention of the telegraph in the United States of America. Specifically, the study will analyse how the telegraph revolutionized communication and news broadcasting to newspapers over national and international networks.

Topic 4: The impact of industrial conflict and technology on the development of technical education in 19th-century England.

Research Aim: The research will analyze the role that 19th-century employers played in training and educating the young industrial workers in England. The purpose of the study is to comprehend the various factors that influenced the development of technical education while discovering the reason for antagonistic relations with skilled workers, which may have caused the Great Strike and Lockout of 1897.

Topic 5: The impact of changing gender relations on childbearing populations in the 19th-century Netherlands.

Research Aim: The research will look to comprehend the changes in childbearing patterns using a sequence analysis approach. The study will also try to understand the association between gender relations, historical fertility records, and women’s reproductive patterns in the 19th century Netherlands.

Topic 6: Examining the shift of hierarchical and ethnocentric foreign relations to the western model of international relations in 19th-century Japan.

Research Aim: The research will analyse the 19th century, a period of transition in Japanese foreign policy. The study will mainly focus on the Russo-Japanese relations using document analysis to assess the four stages of shift that led Japan from an ethnocentric foreign policymaker to the Western-type without colonization and defeat in war.

History and Religious Dissertations

Topic 1: the impact of popular culture on evangelical christians in america..

Research Aim: The research uses document analysis to examine the impact that popular culture has had in shaping Evangelical Christian thought in the United States from the 1960s to the 2000s. The study focuses on analysing the variables that have allowed Evangelicalism to becoming a middle-class populist movement.

Topic 2: Fertility, feminism, and the American revolution

Research Aim: The research using document analysis, analyses the impact of the American Revolution on declining birth rates in the colonies and the increase of family limitation among white free women. The research will investigate the intentions of founding American women on their rejection of abundant fertility and a patriarchal family and the existent or non-existent role that colonial Christians played.

Topic 3: The decline of irrational and magical ideologies in England 1500-1600.

Research Aim: The research analyses how the introduction of religion, specifically early Christianity, had an impact on declining the conventional thought processes that used irrationality or magic as their basis. The research will use document analysis as its research method.

Topic 4: The impact of religion on innovation, 1604.

Research Aim: The research examines how Sir Frances Bacon’s epistle “Of Innovations” argues for the positive potential of innovation from the understanding of the Biblical scriptures. The study will also explore the relationship between Bacon and the English Protestant Church.

Topic 5: The role of churches and religion in World War II.

Research Aim: The research looks to examine the role of churches in Europe during WWII. The study will also analyse their religious ideologies and their deeds as institutions to impact the perceptions of World War II. The research will be conducted using document analysis.

History and Sociology Dissertations

Topic 1: race, poverty, and food deserts in cardiff, 1980-2016..

Research Aim: The research examines the demographic and spatial patterns that have shaped access to supermarkets in low-income neighbourhoods in Cardiff from 1980 to 2016. The research methods used will be quantitative.

Topic 2: Impact of World War II rationing on British cuisine

Research Aim: The research analyses the impact of rationing items by the British Ministry of Food on the specific culture from the 1940s to the 1980s. The research uses variables of socio-economic classes and geographic locations of the country to examine the cultural impacts it had on the British palate during the time. The research methods will include quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Topic 3: Impact of religious doctrines and ideologies on racism and racist factions in the USA.

Research Aim: The research analyses the relationship between different Christian sects and racial prejudice among groups of Christians based on geographic location (North or South) in the United States after the 2016 presidential elections. The research will be quantitative in nature but will incorporate qualitative techniques of historical document analysis to examine how racism in the country has changed since the Civil Rights Era of the United States.

Topic 4: The historical development and impact of public transportation in Shanghai, China, 1843-1937.

Research Aim: The research will analyze the impact of public transportation on the development of Shanghai’s urban landscape using the variables of tradition vs modernity, state and social relationships, and technology and society relations. The research will provide a historical analysis of the city from the British and the Opium Wars’ colonization to the 20th century. The study will use qualitative document analysis and quantitative techniques as research methods.

Topic 5: The impact of water resource management, technological solutions, and urban growth after World War II on Atlanta, Georgia.

Research Aim: The purpose of the dissertation is to examine the origins of water-related issues in Atlanta by discovering the challenges that public officials, activists, and engineers faced in the area in terms of planning and enacting an effective environmental policy after World War II in the metropolitan area of Atlanta. The research will use historical document analysis as its methodology.

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Historical People and Events Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: examining the events and people giving rise to winston churchill.

Research Aim: The research examines the network of friends and colleagues of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill on how they influenced the primer’s reputation after his retirement and death. The study will analyze the history of the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, and the influence that Sir John Colville had on shaping Churchill’s image.

Topic 2: The rise of the right-wing woman in 20th-century Britain- Analysing Margaret Thatcher and Mary Whitehouse

Research Aim: The relationship between conservative powerhouses Margaret Thatcher and Mary Whitehouse was well known to the public for its traditional undertones. The research will examine the relationship between the two women using document analysis, particularly the public presentation relationship, to better understand the importance of conservative women in Britain. The research will analyze the twentieth-century political and cultural contexts that gave rise to these two women.

Topic 3: Examining the cooperative transformational leadership of Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk.

Research Aim: The research will study the transfer of power in South Africa by focusing on the cooperative leadership strategies, policies, and personal characteristics of leaders such as Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk. The research will examine how these two leaders could bring systematic revolution through democratic and peaceful means.

Topic 4: Pablo Picasso- The making of “Guernica” and its historical context.

Research Aim: The research will analyze the history of paintings of people suffering from convulsion of war, explicitly focusing on Goya. The paper will examine the factors and influences on Pablo Picasso that lead to the development of “Guernica.” The research will analyze how Picasso depicted real history snatches with symbolism that resonated with people.

Topic 5: Analysing the role of women in the Crusade Movement.

Research Aim: The research examines women’s contribution to the Crusades and its impact on propaganda, recruitment, organization of the crusades, and financing of the campaigns. The study will also survey their roles in looking after families and properties while also giving liturgical support at home for those on the crusade campaigns.

Topic 6: The impact of the Harlem Renaissance on urban landscaping, Jazz music, and literature.

Research Aim: The research will examine the Great Migration of the 1910s in the United States, where a concentration of African American population moved North causing demographic shifts. The study will analyse Toni Morrison’s Jazz, Persia Walker’s Black Orchid Blues, and other works regarding music and urbanization.

Topic 23: John F. Kennedy- Rise of American foreign power and South Vietnam.

Research Aim: The research will analyze John F. Kennedy’s foreign policy strategies’ central themes. The paper examines the themes of counterinsurgency, credibility, and commitment in South Asia, particularly South Vietnam, to improve his credibility after the Bay of Pigs incident. The paper will observe the president’s fascination regarding psychological warfare, military forces, and countering ‘communism’ aggression in Southeast Asia.

Italian Unification History Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: the preservation of italy- analysing the fragility of italian unity 1866-68..

Research Aim: The research analyses the impact of the Austro-Prussian War at its conclusion in July 1866. The paper analyses factors such as the fall of the Liberal government in Britain that impacted the fragility of the Italian Unification. The paper examines the historical event through the bilateral relationship between a newly rising Italy and Britain.

Topic 2: Analysing the Italian post-unification period- Racial and colonial factors influencing modern Italians.

Research Aim: The research will analyse the rise of Italian fascism with the premise that it rose from the failures of previous liberal governments. The study particularly examines the first Liberal period after unification which led to the explosion of civil war in the South of Italy. The study will analyse the racial and colonial factors that influenced the competition with Western European nations for imperialistic endeavours.

Topic 3: Prison system management in 19th-century Italian prisons after unification.

Research Aim: The research analyses accounting practices in prisons using documentation analysis of the prison management system of major Italian States in the early 19th century. The study aims to use various accounting methods to uncover the potentially socially damaging tools of accounting in prison reforms to discipline individuals of lesser status.

Topic 4: The impact of the mafia on Italian education after unification.

Research Aim: The research will use historical point data to analyse the impact the Mafia had on the level of education between 1874 to 1913. The particular geographic constraint of the study will be restricted to Sicily, Italy, after the unification of the Italian Kingdom in 1861.

German Unification History Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: examining the parties and problems of governance in the german empire..

Research Aim: The research will examine using document analysis the various processes for political restructuring that caused the founding of many political parties, interest groups, and civic associations. The research analyses how the Federal Republic strategized to transfer German Democratic Republic citizens’ sovereign rights to international institutions and the Federal Republic institutions.

Topic 2: Analysing the collapse of the GDR and the re-unification of Germany.

Research Aim: The research will analyse the factors and influences surrounding the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1898 to 1990 and the reunifications of East and West Germany. The research will also analyse the role of businesses with regards to the collapse, particularly the German business elites and their relationship with the Soviet Union.

Topic 3: Analysing the impact of Bismarck on the capitulation of German liberalism.

Research Aim: The research will analyse the impact the German National Liberal party of 1866 to 1867 had to support Otto von Bismarck’s policy of German unification. The study will examine the political stakes involved and the philosophy of Realpolitik on the Unification of the German Empire.

Topic 4: The impact of radical nationalism and political change after Bismarck.

Research Aim: The research will examine the factors that gave rise to the radicalization of the German right under the politics of Otto von Bismarck. The study looks to find evidence of German fascism prior to World War II. To conduct the research, a thorough document analysis will be done with an extensive literature review.

World War I Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: the response of german immigrants to discrimination in the usa during world war i.

Research Aim: The research will examine the impact of caste-based discrimination on assimilation patterns of immigrant minorities, specifically German immigrants in the United States during WWI. The study will understand if discriminated minority groups increase their assimilation efforts to avoid discrimination and public harassment. The research will use naming patterns of children and records of petitions of naturalisations to conduct the study empirically.

Topic 2: Analysing the impact of affective experience and popular emotion on WWI International Relations.

Research Aim: The research will examine the factors of communal emotion and mass emotion during the outbreak of WWI to demonstrate the political significance of widespread sentiment. The research looks to study the factors with regard to contemporary populism.

Topic 3: The impact of military service in WWI on the economic status of American Veterans?

Research Aim: The research will analyse the different registration regimes during the WWI draft to find their impact on economic outcomes. The research will use empirical from 1900 to 1930 United States to study short term impact of military service while the United States census of 1960 is used to determine the long term impacts. The data collected will be of household income and draft population of the time in WW1.

Topic 4: Examining the Impact of Quarrying Companies Royal Engineers in WWI to support British armies on the Western Front.

Research Aim: The research will examine the history of the Quarrying Companies unit within the Royal Engineers in WWI. The study will analyse the impact that the group had on British armies on the Western Front, particularly for the aid of the British Expeditionary Forces until its disbandment in 1919.

The Great Depression (Britain 1918-1939) Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: the impact of the great depression on labour productivity..

Research Aim: The research will examine the labour productivity of the UK manufacturing industry during the Great Depression. The research will be of empirical methodology and collect data of actual hours of work, real output, and employment statistics. The study will prove that during the Great Depression, output per work-hour was counter-cyclical between 1929 and 1932.

Topic 2: Analysing the discourse of British newspapers during the Great Depression.

Research Aim: The research will use document analysis and text analysis to examine the rhetoric of British newspapers when unemployment rises. The study will accurately analyse the Great Depression in Britain by determining how the stigmatisation of poverty changes in the rhetoric of newspapers when discussing unemployment.

Topic 3: The Impact of the Great Depression on British Women Migration 1925-1935.

Research Aim: The research will analyse the impact that the Great Depression had on the migration of women out of Britain to the rest of its empire. The study will use empirical data to analyze the Society for Oversea Settlement of British Women (SOSBW). The research will assess if the society’s training programme influenced the employment and migration of women.

Topic 4: The Great Depression and British industrial growth- Analysing economic factors contributing to the Great Depression in Britain.

Research Aim: The research will analyse the British deceleration of industrial growth and the percentage rate of growth as the cause of the Great Depression in Britain. The research will examine the contribution of the Industrial Revolution and its initial rapid percentage of rate of growth causing ‘retardation.’ The study will be empirical and analyse historical patterns of Britain’s national economy.

Second World War Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: analysing brazilian aviation in world war ii.

Research Aim: The research will analyse the extent to which Brazilians were actively engaged in combat on the Brazilian coast and in the European theatre. The study will primarily focus on the global conflict through the Forca Aerea Brasileira, FAB, or the Brazilian Air Force development before participation in the Second World War.

Topic 2: The impact of invention secrecy in World War II.

Research Aim: The research will examine the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent secrecy orders which put over 11,000 US patent applications given secrecy orders. The study will analyse how this policy impacted keeping technology from the public during the war effort, specifically radar, electronics, and synthetic materials.

Topic 3: Analysing aerial photographic intelligence in WWII by British geologists.

Research Aim: The research will examine the period of WWII from 1939 to 1945, when intelligence was collected from aerial photographs by the Allied Central Interpretation Unit. The study will assess the history of aerial photographic information based on geology contributing to the Allied landings in Normandy in 1944.

Topic 4: Analysing British propaganda in the United States during WWII.

Research Aim: The research will analyse the strategies that British propagandists used to understand the American opinion of WWII during the war and for post-war relationships. The study will investigate the policies and factors that contributed to keeping the wartime alliance and creating an acceptable political climate in the United States for post-war cooperation.

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History of Nazi Germany Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: the impact of discrimination against jewish managers on firm performance in nazi germany..

Research Aim: The research will examine the large-scale increase in discrimination in Nazi Germany to cause the dismissal of qualified Jewish managers in large firms. The study will analyse the persistent stock prices of firms, dividend payments, and return on assets after the discriminatory removal of Jewish managers.

Topic 2: Examining children’s literature in Nazi Germany

Research Aim: The research will analyse children’s literature which was propagandised between 1933 and 1945 under the National Socialists party. The paper will examine the various themes, specifically the Nordic German worldview, and how German values were distorted to produce a homogenous folk community.

Topic 3: Shifting from liberal education of the Weimar Republic to Nazi educational reforms- Analysing educational reforms under the Nazi government.

Research Aim: The research will examine education reform that the National Socialist government implemented in elementary education. The research will look to accumulate personal accounts of families and students who experienced the era to better comprehend the educational reforms. The study seems to under how these educational reforms moulded student ideologies.

Topic 4: The effects of antisemitism in film comedy in Nazi Germany,

Research Aim: The research will explore the themes of antisemitism in film comedy produced during the reign of the Nazi party in Germany. The research will study how themes impacted the perceptions of people living in Germany post-war. The research will use document analysis and empirical analysis to document and examine the themes and attitudes.

History of Cinema Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: analysing the history and politics of bollywood..

Research Aim: The research will explore the various events in Indian film history that have allowed it to become a global sensation. The paper will analyse its market-driven triumph against Hollywood imports starting from the 1930s. The paper will also examine the nationalist social views of films produced in Bollywood during the 1950s.

Topic 2: The role of cinematic depictions influencing popular understanding of the Spanish Civil War.

Research Aim: The research will examine the role that cinema played in shaping the understanding of the Spanish Civil War. The study will focus on fictional films that were produced in Spain and Hollywood between the 1940s and the early years of the 21st century.

Topic 3: Analysing distinctive characteristics of Korean films.

Research Aim: The research will analyse the characteristics of Korean films and examine their historical development. The research will focus on the eras of the Japanese colonial period to 1945 when the American army occupied South Korea. The study will analyse the role of censorship throughout this time period in producing Korean films.

Topic 4: Examining the history of cinema in Britain since 1896.

Research Aim: The research will explore the development of cinema exhibitions and cinema-going in Britain in 1896. They will analyse various factors that led to the rapid growth of cinema in Britain just before WWI. The study will examine factors such as the position of cinema, development of modern spaces, artistic respectability, the invention of sound, and cinema as individual entertainment.

History of Racism Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: analysing the factors influencing institutional racism in america..

Research Aim: The research will explore the complicated history of racism in the United States. It will analyse how racism has become embedded throughout American society from land ownership, education, healthcare, employment, and the criminal justice system. The research will use a mixed-methods research approach to gather data.

Topic 2: Examining the relationship between racism and environmental deregulation in the Trump Era.

Research Aim: The research will analyse the possible relationship between environmental deregulation and racism between 2016 and 2017 under the Trump Administration. The study will primarily collect data from executive actions, ecological events, and tweets from the President during this time period. The study will document racist events that were targeted at people of colour, Asians, Arabs, South Asians, Muslims, and indigenous persons.

Topic 3: Analysing the experience of racism in English schools towards Eastern European Migrants.

Research Aim: The research will use qualitative design to analyse the experience of racism faced by students of Eastern European descent. The research will use the framework proposed by the Critical Race Theory and Critical Conceptions of Whiteness to conduct the study. The research will focus on the racism experienced by these students as marginal whiteness for their various linguistic accents.

Topic 4: The impact of racism on Afro-Italian entrepreneurship.

Research Aim: The research will use qualitative data to analyse the participation of Afro-Italian women entrepreneurs in start-ups relating to beauty, style, and hair care lines. The study explores the obstacles that young black women entrepreneurs face in Italian due to racism and how their inclusion in small economies changes the perception of Blackness and Black womanhood related to Italian material culture.

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History of Spanish Civil War Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: examining the role of international nurses during the spanish civil war..

Research Aim: The research will use document analysis, primarily memoirs, to explore the life and work of international nursed participation during the Spanish Civil War. The study will examine their role with regard to contributions made to Spanish nursing during the war.

Topic 2: Examining republican propaganda during the Spanish Civil War.

Research Aim: The research will explore the propaganda used by the Republicans of the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939 to support their ideology of the war. The paper will focus on three primary forms of media – newspapers, cinema, and music. The study will conduct the analysis using historical context to examine its effectiveness in propagating the Republican messages.

Topic 3: The history of British Battalions in the International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War.

Research Aim: The research will examine the role, experiences, and contributions of British volunteers to the Spanish Republic through the British Battalion of the 15th International Brigade. The study will accurately analyse the motivations of the volunteers to join the International Brigades and participate in the Spanish Civil War.

Topic 4: British cultural perspectives on the Spanish Civil War.

Research Aim: The research will explore the cultural perspectives of the political understanding of the British responses to the Spanish Civil War. The study will examine the mass culture and personal experiences of British visitors to Spain in the 1930s.

History of the United States Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: the impact of ‘the frontier’ on american expansion and imperialism..

Research Aim: The research explores the idea of ‘manifest destiny, its connection to the American frontier, and its impact on imperialism. The study focuses on how the American perception of savagery and civilisation is related to expanding the American frontier.

Topic 2: Analysing the American public opinion on the War in Vietnam.

Research Aim: The research uses empirical data to analyse the American public attitude with regard to the Vietnam Wat. The data will be analysed using demographic groups and perception studies. The study will investigate how these perceptions eventually shaped government policy preferences during the Vietnam War.

Topic 3: Analysing the inaugural speeches of re-elected US presidents since WWII.

Research Aim: The research identifies, analyses, and assesses the use of individual style in inaugural speeches of re-elected US presidents since WWII. The research will be conducted using document analysis of lexical and semantic levels. The study will assess how the inaugural addresses are shaped to reflect the public policy of re-elected presidents.

Topic 4: Analysing the rise of white power and paramilitary groups in the United States.

Research Aim: The research analyses the rise and expansion of white nationalists, racist far-right groups using government publications, journalistic accounts, and archival records. The research focuses on the failure in Vietnam, giving rise to white power movements. The study will examine various events to assess the factors and significance that caused an increase in paramilitary groups in the United States.

Topic 5: Examining the rise of new white nationalism in America.

Research Aim: The research will use data acquired from speeches, books, and internet sources written by white nationalists to assess the shift of white nationalist ideas of oppression of other races to a view of victimhood of white nationalists. The research will use an extensive literature review to document the development of white nationalism in American history while also considering the development of social media.

Historic Events of Early Twentieth Century Dissertation Topics

Topic 1: the creation of uniquely american musical sounds; changes in classical music from the 19th to 20th century..

Research Aim: The research explores the changes in American classical music, shifting from its traditional European origins to a more defined American sound. The study will contend that historical events such as the upheaval and shifts of society during the American Civil War were the main factors of the creation of new American classical music.

Topic 2: The influence of political parties on democracy and party-state relations in the 20th-century.

Research Aim: The research will analyse institutional reforms of party-state relations, including constitutions, electoral laws, and party laws in France and Italy during the 20th century. The study will examine the impact of party entanglement on contributing to democratisation in Europe.

Topic 3: The impact of suspicion and distrust on conflict coverage- A case study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Research Aim: The research will use inductive-qualitative analysis to examine the journalistic narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. To do so, the factors of suspicion of information sources, awareness of being under suspicion, and distrust of peer journalists are used to examine the trust of journalists and the dilemma they face in hostile environments.

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Important Notes:

As a student of history looking to get good grades, it is essential to develop new ideas and experiment with existing history theories – i.e., to add value and interest to your research topic.

The field of history is vast and interrelated to so many other academic disciplines like literature , linguistics , politics , international relations , and more. That is why it is imperative to create a history dissertation topic that is particular, sound, and actually solves a practical problem that may be rampant in the field.

We can’t stress how important it is to develop a logical research topic; it is the basis of your entire research. There are several significant downfalls to getting your topic wrong; your supervisor may not be interested in working on it, the topic has no academic creditability, the research may not make logical sense, and there is a possibility that the study is not viable.

This impacts your time and efforts in writing your dissertation as you may end up in the cycle of rejection at the very initial stage of the dissertation. That is why we recommend reviewing existing research to develop a topic, taking advice from your supervisor, and even asking for help in this particular stage of your dissertation.

While developing a research topic, keeping our advice in mind will allow you to pick one of the best history dissertation topics that fulfill your requirement of writing a research paper and add to the body of knowledge.

Therefore, it is recommended that when finalizing your dissertation topic, you read recently published literature to identify gaps in the research that you may help fill.

Remember- dissertation topics need to be unique, solve an identified problem, be logical, and can also be practically implemented. Take a look at some of our sample history dissertation topics to get an idea for your own dissertation.

How to Structure your History Dissertation

A well-structured dissertation can help students to achieve a high overall academic grade.

  • A Title Page
  • Acknowledgments
  • Declaration
  • Abstract: A summary of the research completed
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction : This chapter includes the project rationale, research background, key research aims and objectives, and the research problems to be addressed. An outline of the structure of a dissertation can also be added to this chapter.
  • Literature Review : This chapter presents relevant theories and frameworks by analysing published and unpublished literature available on the chosen research topic, in light of research questions to be addressed. The purpose is to highlight and discuss the relative weaknesses and strengths of the selected research area while identifying any research gaps. Break down of the topic, and key terms can have a positive impact on your dissertation and your tutor.
  • Methodology : The data collection and analysis methods and techniques employed by the researcher are presented in the Methodology chapter which usually includes research design , research philosophy, research limitations, code of conduct, ethical consideration, data collection methods, and data analysis strategy .
  • Findings and Analysis : Findings of the research are analysed in detail under the Findings and Analysis chapter. All key findings/results are outlined in this chapter without interpreting the data or drawing any conclusions. It can be useful to include graphs, charts, and tables in this chapter to identify meaningful trends and relationships.
  • Discussion and Conclusion : The researcher presents his interpretation of the results in this chapter, and states whether the research hypothesis has been verified or not. An essential aspect of this section is to establish the link between the results and evidence from the literature. Recommendations with regards to implications of the findings and directions for the future may also be provided. Finally, a summary of the overall research, along with final judgments, opinions, and comments, must be included in the form of suggestions for improvement.
  • References : Make sure to complete this in accordance with your University’s requirements
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices : Any additional information, diagrams, or graphs that were used to complete the dissertation but not part of the dissertation should be included in the Appendices chapter. Essentially, the purpose is to expand the information/data.

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Unless you plan to go for a Ph.D. in history, a thesis will be the most significant academic writing of your life. It shows your in-depth knowledge of a subject, your ability to think logically, creatively, and originally. Besides, it’s a great way to demonstrate how good your writing is.

But finding an appropriate title for your thesis is a challenging task. You may feel unsure about any idea until you see the rest of them. So, what can help you?

A history thesis topics list, of course. In this article, you’ll consider a wide variety of ideas about historical events and figures. There are some tips on picking the right one for you. With a little explanation of the basics, you’ll differentiate the Bachelor’s thesis from the Master’s one in a second.

  • ☝️ How to Choose?
  • ⭐ Top-12 Thesis Ideas
  • 🚀 American History
  • ⚔️ European History
  • 🎨 Art History
  • 📚 MA Thesis Topics
  • 🦉 MPhil Thesis Ideas
  • 👨‍🏫 Thesis vs. Dissertation

☝ How to Choose a History Thesis Topic?

Before picking a topic about history, you have to understand what you’re looking for. Take into account that you’re going to spend plenty of time writing your thesis. So, you need to find an idea that engages you and is worthy of your time. Don’t go for a random history topic that you do not feel passionate about.

Searching for an idea, follow the tips below:

  • Find a topic that interests you . You’ll most probably write your thesis for a whole semester or even longer. That’s why you should determine something that doesn’t bore easily. At least those countless hours in the library will be spent with pleasure. The more the idea challenges and intrigues you, the less you’ll procrastinate and suffer from writing. No one can tell you what to write about. Your advisor can help you specify the topic, but it is up to you what to write about.
  • Look for a topic that creates a trajectory for further research . You may not pursue it later, but having an opportunity to do so is a significant advantage. If you decide to pursue a further degree, you will already be familiar with the topic well. Take a look at available works in a free essays database to get a clearer picture of what can be further explored.
  • Find a professor who will become your thesis advisor . Bring some thesis ideas up and see what your instructor suggests. It’s a good thing to have several research topics in mind—the instructor can help you determine the best one.
  • Think beyond the graduation date . Whether you are going to start a career or continue your studies, your thesis should help you in achieving your goals. What may your employer look for in your paper? What do you need to be successful in your job or further research? It’s good to approach the issue with some level of practicality. See if you can apply the skills and information you’ve acquired to your professional life.
  • Strive for originality but stay within your studies context . Try to make your title unique to grasp attention and intrigue from the get-go. At the same time, don’t fall outside the scope of your field. Before picking a topic, do some research to understand the field deeper. This way, you’ll see what exactly you would like to address.
  • Make sure your title fits the requirements . Open your university guidelines for the thesis work and find this out before anything else. Ask your thesis advisor as well to give you honest feedback.

You don't have to choose a thesis topic that reflects the latest craze in your field.

⭐ Top-12 History Thesis Ideas

  • Civil War — the role of women.
  • The Watergate Scandal.
  • Contemporary art history.
  • The Napoleonic Wars.
  • Causes of World War 2.
  • Impact of the Black Plague.
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • Japanese-American conflict.
  • The Vietnam anti-war protests.
  • Origins of the Great Famine in Ireland.
  • The French Revolution.
  • The rule of Elizabeth I.

📝 History Thesis Topics for Bachelor’s Degree

Usually, American Universities don’t require students to write a Senior Thesis. However, you still have an option to choose one. You can write a thesis as a part of your program completion. It will take a lot of time, energy, and effort. But, in the end, you will be able to produce a prime piece of academic writing.

Strive to write anywhere from 60 to 100 pages. You will also dedicate a lot of time writing and polishing it afterward. Make sure to leave enough time for that too.

What’s the first step?

Look for a thesis advisor you know you will enjoy working with. Consider all the professors you’ve interacted with at your university and pick several. Approach them and see if they are accepting new students for thesis supervision.

Make sure to choose a history thesis paper topic that your advisor knows a lot about. At some point, you will become very knowledgeable about the history thesis topic you chose. It will be crucial to have someone who can direct you.

There are several reasons why you should consider writing a thesis for a Bachelor’s Degree in history:

  • It provides you with essential experience in writing, researching, and brainstorming ideas. It can later help you in your academic or professional life.
  • You can deeply understand a subject that interests you.
  • You can improve your reading skills.
  • If you have to use foreign sources, you can also increase your foreign language skills.

Having a strong position on the history thesis topic is great.

Are you still wondering what historical thesis ideas are appropriate? Then, this list is perfect for you.

🚀 American History Thesis Topics

  • African American history in the United States : disfranchisement and segregation in 1890-1900
  • Early American History and the lost colony of Roanoke
  • The construction of race in American culture and history. It’s not a secret that race is a social construct. In American culture and history, it plays a critical role. In the thesis, you will have a chance to research the mechanisms through which the race was constructed. Movies, literary representations, articles, what else? It’s up to you to find out what can be relevant.
  • World War 2 through personal letters and diaries . This thesis can be personal and will not leave people indifferent. Examination of diaries, notes, and personal accounts can be fascinating. You won’t be bored doing historical research. Maybe you even have some in your own family? Worth checking it out.
  • Guilt over Slavery in the United States: a historical examination
  • Gender equality in American education . A comparative study of Germany, Russia, The United States
  • New York City and its historical geography. NYC is one of the captivating American cities. Writing a thesis about its historical geography is not an easy task. Gladly, you have tons of information available to you.

You can examine various documents for your history thesis topic.

  • Rocket Science as one of the most significant innovations of the 20th century
  • Examining the Role of Privilege within the Ivy League Universities
  • Role of American Public Health in a Post-9/11 World

⚔ European History Thesis Topics

  • Formation and development of the European Union during the 20th century
  • Feminist perspective on the representation of women in Roman Art
  • Religion and Nation in Europe in the 19th century
  • Construction of National Identity in Post-Soviet Latvia. What did contribute to developing a national identity of post-soviet Latvia? First of all, its independence and belonging to the European Union. In this thesis, talk about colonization and colonial identity. Consider the policies Latvian government implemented to build a Latvian character. What is it? What are the essential characteristics of it?
  • Composition and religious hierarchy in The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Representation of Jews in Late Medieval Period in Europe
  • Problems of political leadership in Athens of 404-355 BCE
  • The French Renaissance Court and its structural hierarchy. This topic is interesting yet complex. Its complexity comes not from the name but the nature of the French Renaissance Court. You need to have a clear idea of how the royal court is built and is operating. Find relevant historians of that time, and, hopefully, you can speak some French.
  • Immigrational Politics of the United Kingdom. The problem of multiculturism at the beginning of 1960-1980.
  • Orientalism or the Middle East through the prism of Western scholars in the XIX century. In this thesis, start by exploring the notion of Orientalism. Edward Said will be a good point of departure and one of the most fundamental works to cite and read. You can agree with his argument or disagree with it. Nevertheless, find the relevant evidence for your point of view.

🎨 Art History Thesis Topics

  • Medicine in Ancient Rome with a focus on surgeries through paintings. This thesis topic is rich. Numerous Ancient Roman paintings depict surgeries and medical treatments. Find the most interesting ones and talk about innovations in medicine. What was the point of recording medical procedures in art? Truly a topic that can captivate anyone.
  • Vincent Van Gogh: A phycological analysis of the artist’s last years . In this thesis, examine his artworks together with the personal letters. Look at the words he used, as well as the images he painted. You need it to comprehend what was happening in Vincent’s life in his last years. Some art therapists claim that the artist had bipolar disorder. Examine those views. However, be careful not to give any medical diagnosis yourself.

Analyze how Vincent Van Gogh's life and mental health issues affected his art.

  • Plato on Punishment and Vice: the notion of punishment in The Republic. You cannot get a degree without reading the most fundamental text of the Western Academy, The Republic . In this thesis, you should simply focus on the ideas of punishment and vice. Plato wrote a lot regarding the morals and the laws. Try to discern what exactly he meant. Extract his views regarding capital punishment and punitive justice.
  • Modern Art in Europe, with a specific focus on Italy
  • Trade in Medieval Europe with a focus on Africa through art
  • The erotism of art of Ancient Rome
  • Synthesis of sculpture and paintings in Spanish art of the 17th century
  • Neoclassicism in French art of the 1900s-1910s
  • Surrealism in Art as the quintessence between realism and hyper-realism

📋 History Thesis Topics for Master’s Degree

In the United States, to enter a graduate degree in history, a bachelor’s degree is required. Most of the time, students will have to submit several recommendation letters. Plus, they need GRE scores and writing samples. Add to this several essays explaining the purpose of going to university again, and there you have it.

Bachelor’s thesis can serve as your writing sample.

It is common to have several completion requirements. They can include basic courses, language tests, and a master’s thesis at the end of the program. However, it depends on the department and the university.

Keep in mind that there are several credits that students should obtain to get a degree. It differs from university to university as well. In most of the programs throughout the United States, they are required to complete 30-32 credits to get an M.A. degree. This number usually corresponds to 8-9 classes.

If you are pursuing an M.A., you’re in luck. There is an excellent chance that you will be able to choose if you would like to write a thesis or not. If you are pursuing an M.Phil., then you will have to write your thesis because it’s a research degree.

No matter if you are pursuing an M.A. or an M.Phil., this historical thesis ideas can help you find a title:

📚 MA Thesis Topics in History

  • Apotheosis of the Philippine Historical Political Tradition
  • Kerala History: Syrian Christians in the region in the 18th century
  • History of Modern India with a focus on women’s rights
  • The history of theater in the American South and the main characteristics of the Southern Drama. This thesis includes a lot of aspects starting from playwriting in Charleston to drama in New Orleans. Then there are War Drama, Black Drama, etc. Try to find a good balance to fit all of the main characteristics of the Southern Drama and theater.
  • New Deal and its impacts on events leading to the Great Depression
  • Mistakes of the Soviet side in WW2. WWII was the deadliest military conflict of the 20th century. In this thesis, talk about the biggest mistakes the Red Army made during the war. Some of those can include signing to the Non-Aggression Pact with Hitler. Plus, there were anti-tank dogs and the Molovot-Ribbentrop Pact.

The initial period of World War II for the USSR was a real catastrophe for the Red Army's tanks.

  • Military strategies that allowed Napoleon to win crucial battles
  • Mussolini & Hitler : connection along with its consequences for Italy
  • Queen Victoria’s politics and the way it has changed British history
  • The Development of Strategic Bombing Doctrine Between the World Wars
  • Historical Creation of a Black Elite in the United States
  • Through Imperial Eyes: Race and British Reactions to the American Slavery Question
  • Gertrude Bell’s Influence in the Formation of Iraq. Gertrude Bell is a crucial figure in Islamic studies. She contributed a lot to the formation of Iraq. In this thesis, explore her unique contribution and approach to building a modern state of the country. She was highly trusted by British politicians and by Arab leaders.
  • Baptist church history as a way to escape slavery

🦉 MPhil Thesis Topics in History

  • Investigating the impact of WWI on trade blocks. A case study of the European Union
  • Women in WWII: sexual objectification of women through magazines and advertisement. Women played an integral part in WWII. In this thesis, explore the role of sexual imagery in the advertising industry during the war.
  • Sudan-American relationships in 1989-2000: US Foreign Policy and Genocide in Sudan
  • Criticism of the war on drugs during the Ronald Reagan administration
  • The political evolution of the Southern States during the Reconstruction Era
  • Everest Expeditions in British Popular Culture, 1920-1960. Explore how Everest Expeditions were depicted in British movies. Analyze the subject via comics, journals, and visual art in the first part of the 20th century.
  • Impact of Otto von Bismarck on German Liberalism

Otto von Bismarck was a prime minister of Prussia and founder of the German Empire.

  • Discrimination of German immigrants in the USA during WW2
  • The Fourth International and the Spanish Civil War
  • Political and economic aspects of the crisis in Venetian Diplomacy in the 1500s
  • The connection between institutionalized racism and police violence in the United States. There are several dimensions to racism. In this thesis, look for a connection between structural racism and police violence in the US. Compare the numbers, look at the stories. See if this data exposes any hidden bias.
  • An image of the Medieval Period in Post Modern Art
  • A comparative analysis of the Four Quran English Translation. In this thesis, discuss why and how the Quran can be translated. Also, you should look at the four translations. Try to determine which one is the closest. To do that, you need to have an advanced level of Arabic.
  • The psychological effect of war on American soldiers in Vietnam

👨‍🏫 Differences between a Thesis and Dissertation

Understanding the difference between a thesis and a dissertation is essential. Would you like to obtain a master’s and a doctoral degree? Then read attentively. In the United States, both thesis and dissertation are vital for this purpose.

The prominent differences that you have to realize are the following:

  • A dissertation is required to graduate with a doctoral degree. A thesis is a culmination of a master’s program.
  • A dissertation is written to add a new piece of knowledge to the field. A thesis is to show that you have enough knowledge about the field.
  • A dissertation usually takes several semesters, sometimes even years, to complete. A thesis does not require this amount of time. It can be finished within months.
  • A dissertation can be seen as an academic book. A master’s thesis is a long research paper.

A dissertation has to be defended, while the master's thesis doesn't require defense in most universities.

Let’s see the main characteristics of a bachelor’s thesis, a master’s thesis, an MPhil’s thesis, and a dissertation:

  • A Bachelor’s Thesis (honors thesis). It’s a research-based paper that allows undergraduate students to put their knowledge into practice. The paper is usually 40-60 pages long. It includes an introduction, main body, conclusion, and bibliography.
  • A Master’s Thesis. It’s a piece of original scholarly work. A mater’s thesis is written under the close supervision of an academic advisor. It attempts to bring some fresh look or a new perspective to a field of study. The length of a master’s thesis can vary. Usually, it doesn’t go beyond 100 pages.
  • An MPhil’s Thesis (Master of Philosophy). It’s a specific type of thesis. As it was stated earlier, most American Universities don’t grant this degree. A few schools give it under specific circumstances. Doctoral students should accomplish all the course work and pass their exams. Then, this degree can be granted to them. A more colloquial way to call this degree is “all but dissertation.” In other cases, this degree is granted to students who are doing their postgraduate research.
  • A Dissertation. It’s a major piece of academic writing. It’s independent, shows critical and thinking ability. A dissertation is meant to illustrate academic knowledge, originality of work, and research skills. The length usually stays within 200-300 pages.

Each thesis and dissertation has its distinct structure.

Any thesis or dissertation is a monumental work. Choose a topic that you are passionate about. Make sure it’s researchable and clear, but at the same time memorable. Spend time writing, proofreading, editing, and talking to your advisor about your ideas and academic goals.

Remember that it is okay to get frustrated and tired at times. If it happens to you, stop working for a bit and relax. Good luck and congratulations on your soon to be graduation! We hope this article was helpful. Share it with those who may need a history thesis topic or a piece of advice.

🔗 References

  • MPhil in History: University of Oxford
  • How to Pick a Masters Thesis Topic: Peter Campbell for Medium
  • How Do I Choose A Thesis Topic: Grad School Hub
  • Writing a Senior Thesis: Undergraduate Program, Department of History, Brandeis University
  • The Bachelor’s Thesis, Bachelor EE: University of Twente
  • Guidelines for the Preparation of Your Master’s Thesis: the Office of Graduate Studies and Research: University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Guidelines for Writing a Master’s Thesis for MA Degree: Jeremy Bailey, Susan Scarrow, University of Houston
  • What is a dissertation? How it is different from an essay: The Royal Literary Fund
  • What is the Difference Between a Thesis and a Dissertation: The Best Master’s Degrees
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History Dissertation Topics

Writing a dissertation serves as the primary project of the academic element of your university experience. It is an opportunity to delve deeper into an academic topic of particular interest to you and your primary opportunity to demonstrate your capacity for independent research work within an academic environment. Your dissertation can either help develop a more nuanced understanding of existing scholarship, analyze existing scholarship through a new analytical prism or if you are particularly fortunate perhaps even shed new light on a subject. However, your dissertation evolves in its objective and scope, it is paramount that you choose a topic that can sustain your interest and help you maintain the motivation needed in producing a quality piece of academic research. The scope of historical periods studied in your degree programme means narrowing your focus on one particular topic can prove to be a daunting task. To aid you in choosing a topic for your dissertation, this article offers numerous topic suggestions across a broad span of historical periods. The suggestions offered cover the following periods in history: the Crimean War, Napoleon, Italian Unification, German Unification, the First World War, the Great Depression, Mussolini, Nazi Germany, Stalin’s Russia and the Second World War.

The Crimean War Dissertation Topics

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The Crimean War is considered to be the first ‘modern’ conflict, having influenced the course of all future wars. If you are looking to write your history dissertation on the Crimean War, the topics suggested below will give you an idea of where to start.

  • What was the main cause of the Crimean war?
  • Why could the Crimean War be considered to be a ‘modern’ war?
  • What was the most important event in the Crimean War?
  • Examine and explain French policy during the Crimean War.
  • What were the consequences of the Crimean War?
  • What role did religion play in in the Crimean War?
  • What was the most significant event that served to settle the Crimean War?
  • Why did so many attempts at peace fail with regards to the Crimean War?
  • Why did the Crimean War end when it did?
  • Why is the involvement of women in the Crimean War considered to be so significant?
  • What were the objectives of the Ottoman Empire during the Crimean War?
  • What factors motivated the French and British empires to oppose Russia and side with The Ottomans in the Crimean War?
  • Was the Crimean War inevitable given the strategic objectives of the primary actors?

Napoleon III was the first President of the French Republic and the only Emperor of the Second French Empire. He rebuilt Paris to mirror what he had seen in London and sought to improve living standards, but his military policy has been called into question. Possible ideas for your history dissertation topics on Napoleon III could include:

  • How and why did Napoleon III come to power?
  • What was Napoleon III’s attitude towards the Vienna system and how did he put this policy into practice?
  • What were the key facets of Napoleon III’s economic and social policies and how did they allow him to retain power?
  • Was Napoleon III driven by a desire to liberalise or to rule?
  • What were the main problems faced by Napoleon III when he came to power and were they successfully overcome?
  • What was the significance of the role Napoleon III played in the Crimean War?
  • How did Napoleon III’s ‘authoritarian’ system of government differ from those of previous French Emperors?
  • What were the key principles behind Napoleon III’s foreign policy?
  • What was the key reason for Napoleon III’s demise? Why was it so significant?
  • How would you consider Napoleon III’s legacy to have influenced relations in Europe since his demise?
  • Is it fair to consider Napoleon III a patron of the Arts?
  • What factors underpinned Napoleon III’s decision to support Italian unification?
  • Considering his numerous social and political achievements, why do you think Napoleon III’s legacy is considered to be negative by many historians?

This was the political and social movement that served to unify the different states of the Italian peninsula in the 19th century. It began with the end of Napoleonic rule and the Congress of Vienna in 1815 and ended with the Franco-Prussian War, as Italy took shape as one nation for the first time. If you are looking to take a step back from British history, perhaps you could choose a dissertation topic that focuses on Italian Unification from the list of topics below.

  • What were the main causes of Italian unification?
  • What were the biggest issues facing the newly formed Italian government and how were they resolved?
  • Evaluate Cavour’s contribution to Italian unification – was he the key reason why Italy was successfully unified?
  • Which was more important with regards to unification – economics or foreign policy?
  • What impact did the unification of Italy have on the functioning of the Vienna system?
  • How did Italy’s approach to foreign policy reflect that of other nations at this time?
  • Why had Italy existed for so long in a state of ‘disunity’?
  • Evaluate whether Italian unification served to improve people’s standard of living?
  • How successful was Italian unification? What, if anything, did unification achieve?
  • Evaluate the significance of the contributions of Garibaldi to Italian Unification
  • How did the unification of Italy impact the Balance of Power in Europe?
  • Assess the position that Guiseppe Mazzini was the key driving force behind Italian Unification?
  • Evaluate the various social factors that played into Italian Unification. Can one be considered to be most important?

Germany was effectively unified in 1871 when Otto von Bismarck managed to unify all the independent states into one state. Much debate surrounds whether or not there was a master plan to unify Germany or whether the aim was just to expand the Prussian State. Please see below a choice of free history dissertation topics concerning the subject of German Unification:

  • Was German unification inevitable? Consider the events that led to unification to effectively determine whether Germany was always heading towards it.
  • In what ways did German unification represent a victory for German liberals during this period?
  • Explain the significance of the Schleswig Holstein crisis to German unification – was it the key reason for why unification was achieved?
  • How important was Bismarck to the unification of Germany?
  • Was German unification a success?
  • What was Germany’s biggest achievement upon its unification?
  • What issues did German unification fail to address?
  • Did German unification serve to remove the divisions within society and government?
  • Why was German unification so important for European society at this time?
  • Consider the reasons why German unification was such a significant event.
  • Evaluate the argument that German Unification was primarily an exercise in Prussian Nationalism.
  • What was the role of Wilhelm I in the unification of Germany?
  • What were the foreign policy implications for the existing major European powers of German Unification?

Although the war was ostensibly a global one, it predominantly took place in Europe after a chain reaction of war declarations leading to war on several fronts. It broadly encircled the European continent with an astronomical loss of life that was only ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The First World War is a major part of history that we have all heard about and which has many elements worthy of deeper analysis. For your history dissertation topics you could research further into one of these areas:

  • Of the following events – (a) The Morocco Crisis (1905-1906); (b) The British agreement with Russia (1907); (c) The Bosnia Crisis (1908); (d) The Agadir Crisis (1911); (e) The Balkan Wars (1912 and 1913); and (f) The assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand – evaluate which was most significant in causing the First World War?
  • Was any one party to blame for the First World War, if so, who and why?
  • Why was there so much unrest and rivalry amongst the European nations in the early part of the twentieth century and how could this be said to have led to the outbreak of war?
  • Why did Gavrilo Princip assassinate the Archduke Franz Ferdinand? Was the reasoning for this decision misguided?
  • Why were the great powers of Europe able to contain the Balkan crises of 1912 and 1913, but unable to prevent this developing into a European-wide war in 1914?
  • Why did German attitudes change towards Austria during this period? How could this change in attitude be said to have led to the outbreak of war?
  • How did events going on in the rest of the world at this time lead to the outbreak of war in Europe?
  • “Now we know where our enemy stands. Like a flash of lightning in the night, these events have shown the German people where its enemy is. When the hour of decision comes we are prepared for sacrifices, both of blood and of treasure” (From a speech made in the German Reichstag in November 1911 in Balfour. M The Kaiser Cresset (1964)) – How could it be argued Germany’s entry into the war was based on paranoia within government that influenced the general public in their push towards war?
  • “The British Government cannot undertake to declare war, for any purpose, unless it is a purpose of which the people of this country” (Note to the Cabinet from the Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury, in May 1901) – What were the reasons why Britain entered the war and were they the right ones?
  • Did the First World War achieve anything? Was it successfully resolved?
  • Was World War I inevitable? If so, why?
  • Focussing on a particular country, evaluate the role of intelligence agencies in the outcome of the war.
  • Assess the strategic impact of the Battle of the Marne (1914). Can it justifiably be called the key battle of the war? If so, why?

Between the two World Wars, Britain was faced with numerable problems that various governments sought to resolve for the good of society. However, whilst successive governments were criticised, some significant advancements were made. The Great Depression was a period of British history that is perhaps overlooked more than it should be. Research in this area would make for very interesting reading, if you choose one of the following history dissertation topics:

  • What were the main problems facing Lloyd George’s government in the immediate aftermath of the First World War and how successfully were these resolved?
  • Why did the Labour government fall in Britain in 1924?
  • Why were the effects of ‘The Great Depression’ so severe in the old industrial and mining districts of Britain?
  • How did the return to the Gold Standard in 1921 only serve to exacerbate the oncoming effects of ‘The Great Depression’?
  • What polices did the government introduce in an effort to resolve the ‘The Great Depression’ and did they achieve anything to limit its effects?
  • What were the main problems faced by the British government in the Interwar period and were they ever effectively resolved?
  • What factors outside of Europe caused ‘The Great Depression? Was it the economic breakdown in the US alone?
  • Why did the world economy ‘boom’ and ‘bust’ so quickly?
  • When the Second World War started to what extent was Britain ready for war?
  • What was Britain’s greatest achievement in this period and what was its biggest failing?
  • To what extent did the First World War directly contribute to the inability of government to respond to the Great Depression?
  • Was Neville Chamberlain ‘the voice of the British people’ during the Munich crisis?
  • An analysis of the policies and support for the fascist movement in Britain during the 1930’s?
  • Was appeasement really a means to prepare Britain for the inevitable conflict with Hitler?
  • Why did the Munich crisis fail to deliver ‘Peace in Our Time?’

Mussolini effectively became a dictator in Italy in 1922 and governed the country through the advancement of his fascist ideology. But although he initially won a great deal of popularity, he made the mistake of siding with the Nazis in the Second World War, to his cost. Perhaps you could choose this or other areas involving Mussolini for your history dissertation topics.

  • What failings of previous governments made Italy so susceptible to fascist rule?
  • Why did fascism seem such an interesting alternative for the Italian people – what was its appeal within sections of Italian society?
  • What is the concept of ‘totalitarianism’ and how ‘totalitarian’ was Mussolini’s regime in Italy?
  • Critically evaluate Mussolini’s period of government – could it be considered successful based on the benefits that accrued to the people?
  • What happened in 1922 to ‘free’ the Italian Republic to Mussolini’s government and why was this event so significant?
  • How and why, once Mussolini had attained power, did public opinion change?
  • Choose one event and consider why this could be considered to be the defining moment that led to Mussolini’s downfall – why is this so important?
  • Consider whether Mussolini had the same level of control in Italy that Hitler had attained in Germany and explain your answer through the exploration of social, political and economic factors.
  • Was Mussolini’s government a continuation of, or departure from, previous Italian governments??
  • Did Mussolini’s style of government overextend Italy’s resources during the Second World War?
  • With reference to Antonio Gramsci’s speech to the Italian Parliament: 16th May 1925, consider the statement that ‘the fascist revolution (in Italy) was only the replacement of one administrative personnel by another.’
  • Were Hitler and Mussolini ‘suspicious allies’ throughout the 1930’s?
  • In what forms did the fascist government of Italy collaborate with, or oppose, the Catholic Church?
  • Was the Fascist government of Italy anti-Semitic?
  • Account for the repression of freemasonry by Mussolini, the forms this oppression took, and the reasons for this.

Hitler came to power as, first chancellor, and then dictator, of Germany in 1933. His Nazi Party utilised their propaganda to effectively destroy the last threads of democracy in Germany and went on to attempt to implement their ideology in Europe, with devastating results. The impact of Nazi Germany is key to the history of many countries within Europe, and indeed the world, and would be an excellent area to base your history dissertation on. Some key history dissertation topics related to Nazi Germany are listed below.

  • Why did the Weimar Republic’s collapse serve to make Germany so susceptible to the rise of the Nazis?
  • What was it about the Nazis that made them an attractive choice for government with a large section the German people?
  • What did National Socialism stand for both before and after Hitler took over the party?
  • Why was Adolf Hitler able to stay in power after it became apparent to many in Germany that the war was lost?
  • Was Hitler successful in his handling of domestic affairs up until 1939?
  • What was Hitler seeking to achieve when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939? Is there any way Hitler could have achieved his policy goals in this regard? Why did he not achieve the domination and control he was seeking?
  • Did Hitler feel cheated by the Munich agreement? What were the longer-term consequences of Munich for his ambition?
  • Why did the German people not respond more forcefully to prevent the Nazis in relation to their dealings with the Jewish population of mainland Europe?
  • How did the Nazi regime use art and cinema for wider propaganda purposes?
  • With a consideration of contemporary reporting of the Berlin Olympics in 1936, were they a success for the regime?
  • Who were the leading women within the Nazi movement, and what did they contribute to the Reich?
  • ‘Triumph of the Will’ (1935) – directed by Leni Riefenstahl – can be considered the greatest example of a Nazi propaganda film. With reference to this film and other propaganda measures by the Nazi’s, on what level does the film seek to appeal to the German people?
  • Analyse the education policies of the Third Reich, their aims and whether these were ever met.
  • To what extent did alternative youth movements such as The Swing Kids offer an alternative for German youth to the Hitler Youth movement?

As Stalin is such a prominent figure in history, you may consider choosing your topic from the history dissertation topics below. Stalin is still an extremely divisive figure in Russia today, and although admired by some for his role in modernising Russia and for his war leadership, he remains a figure of much suspicion for modern historians.

  • What contributed to Stalin’s rise to power after the death of Lenin?
  • What were the main problems facing Russian/Soviet society after the death of Lenin, and how, if at all, did Stalin resolve them?
  • Was Stalin’s repressive approach to governing the Soviet Union at the time of the purges necessary?
  • What were Stalin’s biggest successes and failings, and why were they so significant?
  • How did Russia move from seemingly being one of the West’s staunchest allies during the Second World War to being universally feared thereafter?
  • Why was the USSR allowed to expand to encompass other countries when a similar policy in Nazi Germany led to war?
  • Consider the differences between communism and fascism through an evaluation of Hitler and Stalin’s policies, with a view to determining whether they shared political similarities.
  • How and why did communism spread from the USSR to other parts of the world?
  • To what degree was Stalin’s style of rule in the Soviet Union different from Lenin’s?
  • How far could the Soviet Union’s policy goals under Stalin (1944-1947) be considered legitimate in international law?
  • Were the 7-10 million deaths in the Ukrainian Holodomor of 1933 a deliberate genocide ordered by Stalin?
  • From a Soviet perspective, what were the benefits of the Nazi Soviet Pact, 1939?
  • Discuss Soviet Anti-Semitism during the Stalin dictatorship.
  • An analysis of the Stalin/Churchill relationship throughout the Second World War.

Unlike the First World War, the Second World War was a war of more rapid advancement and was a complex affair with major campaigns across Europe and the rest of the world – the war was effectively the protection of freedom against the threat of conquest. Such an important event in history would make for excellent reading so you might be interested in the following history dissertation topics:

  • Why did the Second World War start? What was the cause?
  • Was the war between Finland and Stalin’s Russia an example of Finland losing the war, but winning the peace?
  • What was the most significant event in the war that led to the war’s result? Why is the event you have chosen so significant?
  • How did Britain survive after the fall of France as the key resistance to Nazi Germany’s complete conquest of Europe? What factor was particularly significant?
  • At what point did the Axis powers lose the war? Why?
  • What were the effects of the war upon European society in its aftermath?
  • Why were the Germans almost completely successful until 1941? How did they so spectacularly lose their position of ascendancy?
  • How great was the US’ impact upon the war? What changed when they entered the conflict in Europe?
  • Could the Second World War have been resolved peacefully at any point?
  • How close was Britain to asking for talks with Hitler after the fall of France?
  • To what extent does the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands serve as a blueprint for their policies in other occupied territories?
  • Was Rumania a willing, or coerced, ally to Nazi Germany in WW2?
  • What was the key factor for German failure to break through in the Battle for Britain?

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Best undergraduate dissertations 2019.

Since 2009 the Department of History at the University of Bristol has published the best of the annual dissertations produced by our final-year undergraduates. We do so in recognition of the excellent research undertaken by our students, which is a  cornerstone of our degree programme . As a department, we are committed to the advancement of historical knowledge and to research of the highest order. Our undergraduates are part of that endeavour.

Listed below are the the best of this year’s undergraduate history dissertations, with links to the dissertations themselves where these are available. Please note that these dissertations are published in the state they were submitted for examination. Thus the authors have not been able to correct errors and/or departures from departmental guidelines for the presentation of dissertations (eg in the formatting of footnotes and bibliographies). In each case, copyright resides with the author and all rights are reserved. 

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History majors have the option of writing a senior thesis. This process involves original research, normally with extensive use of primary materials. The department encourages students with a strong interest in a particular historical subject to consider a thesis and strongly advises all students considering an academic career to write one. Many students find the senior thesis the most rewarding academic experience of their undergraduate career.

A Senior Thesis is written during the Fall and Spring semester (HIST UN3838/UN3839) of the same academic year.  A thesis written in a year-long seminar is required (but not sufficient) for a student to receive departmental honors.

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Students who intend to write a Senior Thesis must take a history seminar in which they develop a substantial research paper before their junior year ends.  During their junior year, students should decide on a thesis topic and begin their search for a Second Reader .  While students may begin research before their senior year, the department does not require students to conduct any thesis research prior to the thesis seminar.

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The Senior Thesis Seminar meets in multiple sections and is a course in general research skills and methodology.  It is not a course on a specific historical field or period, but is designed to support the research and writing of the senior thesis.  Students should join the waitlist for one of the fall semester Senior Thesis Seminars (HIST UN3838) to which they will be added by the instructor or History department once the application has been approved .  Throughout the thesis process, students may, in addition, consult with their Second Reader and other instructors who specialize in their topic of research.  Students interested in taking a Senior Thesis Seminar must submit an application to be admitted into the Senior Thesis.  

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100+ Original History Dissertation Topics

While, some countries use terms “thesis” and “dissertation” interchangeably, dissertations typically refer to effort-intensive research projects included in undergraduate or master’s degree programs. Hence, history dissertation topics we explore below refer mainly to undergraduate dissertations. These are long well-structured essays that follow specific requirements that might somewhat vary from one university history department to another. These requirements refer to appropriate use of sources, terminology, language, writing style, formatting (our service knows them perfectly, so we can offer help writing a dissertation for you). Below, we briefly review how such essays are structured but also provide a selection of history dissertation topics focusing on Western and particularly, on European history.

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Perfect History Dissertation Structure

Dissertation structure typically comprises such sections:

  • Dissertation abstract – very briefly summarizes all content, including key findings or conclusions. Its key purpose is to help readers decide whether they should read entire paper.
  • Introduction – here, all necessary background and contextual information is presented, terms are defined, thesis statements, hypotheses, research goals, and objectives are formulated, outlines are provided, topic importance is explained.
  • Main body – content is provided here: facts, proofs, judgements, opinions, etc. This content is organized into relevant chapters, subchapters, into well-structured paragraphs that relate to thesis and ensure a smooth content flow. Depending on content, main body might contain a literature review section where most primary, secondary sources are being interpreted in order to explain current state of knowledge, context of this research; methodology section detailing tools or procedures used; results section stating key findings; discussion section, where these findings are analyzed and put into context.
  • Conclusion – key points & ideas are summarized, thesis is restated, suggestions are made for future research. Importantly, no new ideas are allowed here – these should be discussed or mentioned earlier in your dissertation.
  • Bibliography – lists all primary and secondary sources used, typically, in alphabetical order or in order of appearance.

Some Hot History Dissertation Ideas

Below are some history topics grouped into a few popular categories related to Western history.

Historical Events & Personalities

  • Otto von Bismarck – his role in Germany’s unification.
  • Charle de Gaulle – his role in French Resistance, in rebuilding post-war France, in founding the Fifth Republic.
  • Molotov-Ribbentrop agreement – did it offer Hitler a much-needed pause before starting the Eastern front?
  • How the outbreak of 1918 influenza pandemic (Spanish flu) was aggravated by WWI?
  • Why is term “genocide” justified to designate the Armenian mass murder organized by Ottoman Empire in 1914-1923?
  • The role of Sir Winston Churchill for society.
  • Diana, Princess of Wales.
  • Norman Dynasty and William the Conqueror.
  • The role of Athelstan (895-939 AD) for history methods.
  • Boris Johnson – a controversial politician or a reflection of the foreign policies?

The Great Depression

  • What caused The Great Depression?
  • How was life of a typical family affected during this crisis?
  • What were roles of monetary contraction and gold reserve during the Great Depression?
  • How well were banks worldwide prepared for this worldwide crisis?
  • What is the legacy of this crisis for our understanding of economy and finance?
  • What caused the stock market crash of October 1929.
  • The current Wall Street protests and their relation and roots to the Great Depression.
  • Banking panics and monetary contraction reflection in the press in the 1930s.
  • The effect of the Great Depression on Great Britain vs Eastern Europe.
  • The personality of Herbert Hoover and his role in the 1929 crash.

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First & Second World Wars

  • What role imperialism played in triggering the First World War.
  • Why assassination of Franz Ferdinand was only a pretext to start WWI?
  • What is similar and different in composition of alliances formed by great powers during WWI and WWII – is there a common pattern?
  • What impact had burdensome war reparations imposed after WWI in triggering WWII? What does it teach us about how post-war agreements should be forged?
  • Deception & disinformation practices in warfare during the Second World War.
  • Hitler’s role in destroying democratic institutions as the doctrine has taken place.
  • The resistance forces and opposition to Nazism in Germany during WWII.
  • The role of invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, and the world’s reaction.
  • Controversial facts analysis of The Allies and Central Powers negotiations.
  • The healthcare situation through the lens of living in trenches.
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History Dissertation Topics on Napoleon III

  • Napoleon III’ role in modernizing French agriculture, commerce, banking sector, infrastructure.
  • How did Paris, Marseille, and Lyon change under Napoleon III?
  • France’s role in Italian unification under Napoleon III.
  • Major advances in workers’ and women’s rights during Napoleon III.
  • French empire’s expansion under Napoleon III.
  • The laws of the Third Republic as the legacy of Napoleon III.
  • Otto von Bismarck’s influence on Napoleon and his military tactics.
  • The role and influence of the Bourbon monarchy in France for the subsequent elections.
  • What caused the exile of the Bonaparte dynasty.
  • Felice Orsini and assassination attempt: a reflection of Napoleon’s regime or authoritarian pressure?

Topics on Italian Unification

  • How did revolutionary movements in 1820s-1830s inspire the start of Italian unification in 1848?
  • How Italian unification spurred nationalist sentiments giving birth to irredentist opinion movement.
  • What impact irredentism had on Italy’s involvement in WWI and WWII?
  • How sharing a common past within the Roman Empire helped in Italy’s unification.
  • How Italian unification (Risorgimento) reflected in culture?
  • The social movement side of Italian Unification.
  • The Acquisition of Venice in 1866 as the reflection of clever opposition tactics.
  • The end of the diplomatic relations with Britain and the United States during a post-unification period and establishment of the new rules.
  • The role of foreign interference in the unsuccessful unification attempts.
  • The religious aspect of Italian Unification for modern Italy.

Nazi Germany History Dissertation Ideas

  • Extent of propaganda in the Third Reich: news, art, public life, etc.
  • To what extent did resources acquired by Nazi Germany during its early expansion help fuel subsequent warfare?
  • Was a fact that Europe reacted so slowly and passively to Hitler’s actions an exception or rather a behaviour normally expectable even nowadays (say, in other world regions)?
  • Would it have been realistic for to forge peace with Nazi Germany?
  • Would have Britain lost to Hitler if it failed to evacuate Allied troops at Dunkirk?
  • The role of male supremacism in Nazi Germany and the creation of the Great Powers Europe model.
  • What caused the persecution of Jews by the fascists?
  • The role of the people with disabilities among Germans vs other nations.
  • The presence of national socialism in the modern world vs World War 2 era.
  • Analysis of the German press during WWII.
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Topics About The Crimean War

  • To what extent did this military conflict stop or slow the Russian Empire from overwhelming the Ottoman Empire?
  • Crimean War viewed as a conflict of religious confessions.
  • Did this conflict bring any tangible benefits to Britain or was involvement in such a distant conflict unjustified?
  • The Crimean War as a trigger for military modernization of Britain and for social reforms in the Russian Empire.
  • What role did new technologies (like telegraph, railways, explosive naval shells) had in this conflict?
  • The role of the war correspondence as to the first-time occurrence of postal service.
  • The role of women in the Crimean War.
  • Reflection of the Crimean War in Russian literature.
  • The cultural peculiarities of the Ottoman Empire and its effect on negotiations.
  • The role of religious tensions as the mental engine of the Crimean War.

Russian History Dissertation Topics

  • The reasons that lead to opposition to Tsarism.
  • The woes of Russian Industrialisation practices: unrest and inequality.
  • The Lena River massacre: the causes.
  • Pagan practices in the Russian countryside.
  • The community spirit of commune practices and Revolution school of thought
  • What qualifies Stalin as one of the cruelest dictators of twentieth century
  • How Stalin’s poor performance in the Winter War convinced Hitler of the Red Army’s deplorable state encouraging his Barbarossa plan.
  • How NKVD’s mass shootings and Stalinist repressions destroyed USSR’s elites, crippling country ahead of WWII as well as for decades afterward.
  • Why was Stalin’s invasion of Poland somewhat overlooked by international public as opposed to Nazi invasion?
  • How could Stalin be viewed positively by many in today’s Russia despite all his crimes? It is it explained by Stalin’s propaganda that could transcend generations, by certain merits, by war-related trauma, or by a failure to thoroughly denounce his crimes by successors in power?

Looking up history dissertation questions, always refer to more than one source of information as you explore the facts and analyse what you could discover. It will help you to provide your target audience with verified data and more than one opinion. Dealing with Russian history is even more important.

Art History Dissertation Topics

  • Should Pop-Art be considered an art form?
  • Can abstract art be used for encryption and coding?
  • The history of photography and the modern digital colouring practices.
  • The Soviet-era art.
  • The main principles of abstraction vs portraiture principles.
  • Conflict and Adversity subjects in 19th-century art.
  • English Rennaissance and portraiture.
  • Thomas Gainsborough vs Joshua Reynolds art.
  • Francis Bacon – the controversies of the great personality.
  • Why is Banksy an outstanding personality in the history of art?

Remember that history of art dissertation topics should always include relevant references to avoid copyright issues or disputes of any kind!

Ancient History Dissertation Topics

  • Administrative structure of the Roman Empire.
  • The role of rulers in the Mauryan Empire.
  • The cultural legacy of Vedic India for Great Britain.
  • Law and justice in Ancient Rome and legislation system.
  • Gender relationships in ancient Greece.

Since the majority of what we may remember from ancient history has been learned in middle school, it is only natural to forget some facts and details. Therefore, choosing dissertation topics ancient history, it is vital to make an outline with the dates and read more about various historical personalities.

Modern History Dissertation Topics

  • The role of Margaret Thatcher in the Cold War.
  • The causes of the Mexican-American War.
  • How does Royal Family affect society?
  • The evolution of human rights with the advancement of technology.
  • What has Brexit changed for the ordinary citizen?

Choosing dissertation ideas for history that are more modern, always use only verified sources and avoid resources like Wikipedia since almost anyone can contribute to it without verified facts.

African History Dissertation Topics

  • The causes and the rise of the Kush.
  • The challenges of historical data collection in Africa.
  • African response to European colonialism and conquest practices.
  • What has caused the spread of Islamisation in Africa and facts about Islam in Africa that pose major concerns.
  • The disastrous effect of the Atlantic slave trade.

History Dissertation Topics Cold War

  • The role of the Cuban Crisis in the Cold War conflict.
  • The controversy in the press about the race for the moon.
  • The Olympics 1980: what did the athletes say?
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall: a liberation or disappointment?
  • The role of children during the Cold War: Samantha Reed Smith.

Economic History Dissertation Topics

  • How have the migration flows affected the American economy?
  • The impact of slavery and the African-American trade practices in the modern world.
  • The pros and cons of urbanization for the economical development of the countryside in Ireland and Wales.
  • Covid-19 changes to the transportation sector compared to the fall of the economics during the Great Depression.
  • Industrial Revolution: an advancement or a giant step back?

Scottish History Dissertation Topics

  • The Declaration of Arbroath: political, land ownership, and social motives involved.
  • The religious aspect of the Scottish Reformation: why it is still relevant today.
  • The Union of The Crowns is the major point in the history of Scotland.
  • Glencoe Massacre and the ruling clans’ history.
  • The personality of Simon Fraser of Lovat and the Battle of Culloden (1746).

Victorian History Dissertation Topics

  • Charles Dickens and literary description of the Victorian Era.
  • The casualties in the railway boom in Great Britain.
  • Poor housing and the history of architecture in the Victorian era for the ordinary inhabitants vs noblemen.
  • The rights of women and ethnic minorities during the Victorian era.
  • How have technology and industry impacted already existing conflicts of morality and the labour force?

Looking for good history dissertation topics that deal with the Victorian era, it is recommended to look up famous works of Charles Dickens who provided a perfect description of all the cultural and social aspects. By doing so, you will be able to understand this period in history in a much better way!

History Dissertation Introduction Samples

As you approach interesting history dissertation topics, always start with an outline and collection of the key dates and the facts. Regardless if you are writing about some personality or a famous Waterloo Battle, it is essential to start with the most common facts just to refresh your memory and things you have learned at school. It is also recommended to start with a certain time period because it helps to narrow things down a little bit. Take your time to explore various history dissertation samples as it will help you to calculate the best strategies for dissertation methodology.

The European Union as a Successful Peace Project The EU project started in 1951 with creation of European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) between West Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and Luxembourg. Just a few years later, these states formed the European Atomic Energy Community, and European Economic Community. These European integration processes culminated with Maastricht treaty of 1993 which officially established a union of states with a shared currency, with free circulation of goods and people, with an identical foreign and security policy, as well as citizenship rights. Given its contribution to promoting peace and democracy not only within its borders but also beyond, the EU has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.

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The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact – Lessons Learned by Small States Also known as the Treaty of Nonaggression Between Germany, the USSR, the Molotov-Ribbentrop agreement was signed in 1939 and became notorious for its additional secret protocol, through which two powers split spheres of influence in Europe, deciding the fate of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Romania. Later, these agreed split was largely respected as both Nazi Germany and the USSR annexed corresponding territories. Decades later, this pact could serve as a lesson for small states to assemble in political, economic, and military unions that would help avoid such vulnerability in front of great powers.

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The Northumbria Dissertation Repository was launched in October 2015 to share the best of the university's undergraduate research in History. While online repositories already exist for postgraduate theses, few include undergraduate research – despite the fact that many dissertations are original in conception, argument, and in their use of primary sources.

The History team at Northumbria is pleased to provide access to the excellent, archive-driven research undertaken by our final-year students. The dissertations included in this repository were all awarded first-class marks. They reflect the range of research expertise at Northumbria, as well as our commitment to research-based learning. Moreover, the pieces in this dissertation clearly testify to the skills, enthusiasm and hard work of our students.

We hope to add further examples of undergraduate research to the repository in subsequent years, thereby developing it as a useful resource.

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  • Hide, Rachel : Tribal Resistance in Northern England and Scotland from the Roman Conquest to the Building of Hadrian’s Wall, 43-122 AD
  • Husbands, Benjamin : The Afterlife of Joan of Arc: Visual Representations of the Maid of Orléans
  • Watson, Hannah : A Feminist Analysis of the Reinforcement of Patriarchal Strategies within Families of the Late Medieval Gentry

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  • Clarke, Lucy :  A Comparison of Female Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century London and Dublin
  • Harrington, Helen :  Gender and ‘Crimes of Speech’ in Seventeenth-Century York
  • Weightman, Peter : The Role of the Commons of Cumberland and Westmoreland in the Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536

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  • Green, Jyoti :  Female Same-Sex Desire in the Nineteenth Century: Approaches from Lesbian Feminist Theory
  • Martin, Hannah :  ‘Tragedy, Death, and Memory’: The Commemoration of British Coal Mining Disasters in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century
  • Riddell, Daniel : Tyneside and the Italian Risorgimento, 1848-1861 
  • White, Oliver :  The Football League and the Game It Made: A Study of the Development and Transformation of Association Football, 1888–1914 
  • Aldis, Francesca :  “They call this spring, Mum, and they have one here every year”: An Examination of the Evacuation Experience of Tyneside Schoolchildren 1939–1945
  • Carr, Jessica :  Women’s Work in Munitions Factories during The First World War: Gender, Class and Public Opinion
  • Isles, Scott :  More Than 'an Enemy's Name, Rank and Number': Information Gaines from Luftwaffe Prisoners of War and its Use for British Intelligence during the Battle of Britain, July - October 1940
  • Macfarlane, Euan :  British Naval Innovation and Performance before and during the First World War: The 1916 Sinking of the HMS Invincible
  • Timms, Mathew :  The North East and Economic Depression, 1935–1939: The Impact of the Team Valley Corporation
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  • Corrigan, Chloe : More Than the 'Fuddy Duddy Co-op': The Consumer Co-operative Movement in 1960s Great Britain
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  • Kundu, Victoria : 'Roaming Mobs of Mutants!': Anti-Nuclear Culture and Protest in Britain, 1979-1989
  • Sumner, Billy :  Militant within Liverpool City Council 1983–1986: The Impact of and Reaction to a Left-Wing Political Movement in the Labour Party
  • Tewson, Miles : The Process of Decolonization in Burma: Managing the Transition from Colony to Independent State

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  • Harold, Danny :  Russian Exiles in Britain, 1918–1926: The Politics and Culture of Russia Abroad
  • Heywood, Gareth :  Education, Sociability and the Politics of Culture in Fin-de-Siècle France
  • McGowan, Abbie :  ‘Looted Art as an International Issue’: From Nazi Plunder to Restitution, 1939–1951
  • Robertson-Major, James :  A Long Half-Life: Responses to Chernobyl in Soviet and Post-Soviet Society
  • Serafin, Marcel :  Socialist Opposition in the Polish People’s Republic, 1964–1989
  • Armstrong, Alasdair :  Words as Weapons: Black Nationalist Poetry in America during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s
  • Henderson, Sophie :  Disobedience and Defiance: Massive Resistance in Mississippi in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Keen, Gavin :  New York City’s Societal Influence on the Punk Movement, 1975–1979
  • Lisle, Ben :  ‘In no other business in America is the color line so finely drawn as in baseball’: An Analysis of Black Baseball’s Failed Attempts at Achieving Major League Professionalism, 1887–1939
  • Paterson, Ewan :  Redefining Watergate: Surveillance, Paranoia and Pop Culture in America’s Long 1970s
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  • Weaver, Alice :  Peace Activism and Women’s Politics: Women Strike for Peace in Context, 1961–1972

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Every year, approximately 45%-55% of senior History concentrators choose to cap their Harvard careers by writing a senior honors thesis.

The senior thesis tutorial is a two-semester sequence  comprising Hist 99a and Hist 99b . While the overwhelming majority of students who start a thesis choose to complete it, our process allows students to drop the thesis at the end of the fall semester after History 99a (in which case they are not eligible for departmental honors).

The senior thesis in History is a year-long project involving considerable primary- and secondary-source research and a good deal of writing; finished theses are expected to be between 60 and 130 pages in length , and to make an original contribution to historical knowledge.

The department’s senior thesis program is one of the strongest in Harvard College. In recent years, one quarter or more of our thesis writers have received  Hoopes Prizes , which is well over the College average.

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History 99: Senior Thesis Writers’ Tutorial Wednesdays, 6–7 and 7-8 PM Robinson Conference Room

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A Sampling of Past History Thesis Titles

For a list of thesis titles from the past five years, please click here .

Senior Thesis Conference

This year the History Department's annual Senior Thesis Writer's Conference will be held online on  Thursday and Friday, October 28 & 29, 2021 .

Thesis writers will present their projects as members of three-to-four person panels moderated by a faculty member or advanced graduate student, to an audience of other faculty and graduate students. Their aim is to get the critical and constructive feedback they need to clarify their arguments, refine their methods, and ultimately transform their research projects into theses.

Like our faculty, our student presenters are conscious of their reliance on other disciplines in almost every aspect of their work. This conference supplies opportunities to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogues. Audience members also learn from these dedicated and talented young scholars even as they teach them new ways of conceiving and pursuing their projects.

For more information about the conference or the Department's thesis program as a whole, please write to the  Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in History, or visit the Senior Thesis Writers Conference and History 99a website. The  Conference is open to all active members of the Harvard community.

All seniors writing theses receive as part of the History 99a and 99b seminar materials a Timetable for Thesis Writers which lists approximate deadlines for staying current with work on this large-scale project. (For current copies of these documents, please click here .) Many thesis writers will submit work in advance of the deadlines listed on the timetable, following schedules worked out with their individual advisers. Several of the deadlines listed on the timetable must be met:

  • Students who wish to enroll in History 99 must attend the first meeting of the seminar on Wednesday, September 5th at 6:00 pm in the Robinson Lower Library.
  • By the beginning of the fall reading period, students must submit substantial proof of research to both their adviser and the 99 History instructors. This usually takes the form of a chapter or two of the thesis (20–30 pages).
  • Theses are due to the History Undergraduate Office (Robinson 101) on Thursday, March 10, 2022  before 5:00 pm. Theses that are handed in late will be penalized.

Thesis Readings

Each History thesis is read by at least two impartial members of the Board of Tutors, assigned by the Department. The Board of Tutors consists of (1) all department faculty in residence and (2) all graduate students teaching History 97 and/or a Research Seminar, as well as those advising senior theses. If History is the secondary field of a joint concentration, there is only one History reader. Each reader assigns an evaluation to the thesis (highest honors, highest honors minus, high honors plus, high honors, high honors minus, honors plus, honors, or no distinction), and writes a report detailing the special strengths and weaknesses of the thesis.  Theses by students with a highest honors-level concentration GPA and one highest-level reading will automatically be assigned three readers. Additionally, a thesis by any student may be sent to a third reader when the first two evaluations are three or more distinctions apart (e.g., one high honors plus and one honors plus).

Department Standards for the Thesis Program

Seniors who wish to write a thesis must meet certain prerequisites:

  • a ‘B+’ average in the concentration;
  • a ‘B+’ average on a 20-page research seminar paper
  • the recommendation of their Research Seminar tutor(s).

Students who do not meet the above standards may petition the  History Undergraduate Office for admission to the senior thesis; successful petitions must include a detailed thesis proposal, and will be evaluated at the discretion of the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies (Asst. DUS).

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THE AWARDING OF DEPARTMENTAL HONORS IN HISTORY

 Nominations for departmental honors are made by the Board of Examiners at the degree meeting each spring.  In making its nominations, the Board first takes two elements into account:  the average of course grades in History and thesis readings.  All students who may be eligible for a recommendation of highest honors will then be given an oral examination by the Board of Examiners; performance on this exam will be considered in determining the final recommendation.  The standing of those students at the border of two different degrees may also be determined through an oral examination administered by the Board of Examiners.

To be considered eligible for highest honors in history, a student will ordinarily have a grade point average greater than or equal to 3.85 in courses taken for departmental credit, and have received at least two highest -level thesis readings.  In addition, the student must convince the Board of Examiners of their qualifications for the highest recommendation through their performance on the oral examination.  Whether any particular student falling into this numerical range receives highest honors in history will be determined in part by the performance on the oral examination. 

To be considered eligible for high honors in history, a student will ordinarily have a grade point average greater than or equal to 3.7, and will ordinarily have received two high -level readings on the thesis. 

To be considered eligible for honors in history, a student will ordinarily have a grade point average greater than or equal to 3.3, and will ordinarily have received two honors -level readings on the thesis. 

Please note that the Department recommends students’ English honors (highest, high, honors, no honors) and sends these recommendations to the College which determines students’ Latin honors based on total GPA.  Please visit:   https://handbook.fas.harvard.edu/book/requirements-honors-degrees    for more information on how the College awards Latin honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude, no honors).  In addition, you should consult with your Resident Dean.  Any degree candidate who does not receive the A.B. degree with honors in History will be considered by the FAS for the degree of cum laude.  

Departmental Support

Students who do decide to enter the thesis program benefit from a great deal of departmental support. The Department encourages its thesis writers to consider the possibility of devoting the summer prior to their senior year to thesis research, whether on campus or around the world. Each year a large number of rising seniors find funding for summer thesis research. The Undergraduate Office holds a meeting to advise students on how to write a successful fellowship proposal. In addition, we maintain a  listing of organizations that have supported concentrators’ thesis research.

The Department also supports its senior thesis writers through two semesters of a Senior Thesis Seminar, History 99a and 99b , which provide a useful framework for thesis writers as they work through the intermittent difficulties that all thesis students inevitably encounter. For many seniors, their thesis will turn out to be the best piece of writing done while at Harvard. It will also be the longest and most complicated. Consequently, the seminars will focus much attention on the unique challenges of writing an extended, multi-chapter work. History 99a and 99b also provide a common forum in which seniors can share with thesis-writing colleagues their feedback, successes, frustrations, interests, and techniques. This kind of collegiality and exchange of ideas is at the heart of the academic seminar, and it can be the most rewarding aspect of the seminar series.

Students must enroll in the Thesis Seminars in order to write a thesis by obtaining approval from the Asst. DUS  on their study cards.

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I am very happy—indeed, keen—to supervise a wide range of topics related to the history of race and science, broadly construed. I am happy to supervise on dissertations covering any country or region. If you have an idea of a topic, please drop me an email and we can discuss how best to approach it.

Please see below for a few potential areas of research that I believe would make good dissertation topics. But you are by no means restricted to these. If you have your own idea, which I encourage, please suggest it.

If you have specific language skills you would like to use in your dissertation, I can also advise on that.

Potential Dissertation Areas

  • History of eugenics.
  • History of anthropology.
  • History of genetics.
  • History of racial psychology.
  • Histories of resistance to scientific racism.
  • History of museum collections related to racial science, such as skull or anatomical collections.
  • History of racial science in postcolonial states.
  • History of racial science and slavery.
  • History of racial science and immigration regimes.
  • History of racial science and visual culture (photography, painting, sketches, video).
  • History of racial science and computing (inc. the Internet, facial recognition, and artificial intelligence).

Previous Dissertation Topics

Below are a few titles of previous undergraduate dissertations related to the history of race and science, to give you an idea of what can be done:

  • The Pursuit of a ‘Wellborn’ Nation: Eugenics, Politics, and Public Policy in Great Britain (1940-1980)
  • Transnational Eugenics in Britain: An Analysis of the Relationships Between the British Eugenics Society, Nazi Party and American Eugenics Movement (1930-1939)

Archival Collections (UK)

The following archives contain manuscript material related to the history of race and science.

You might also want to search using Archives Hub , which searches across a selection of major UK archives.

National Archives – UK government records (typically excluding India).

British Library – personal papers, manuscripts, and India Office records.

The Royal Society – the archives of the UK’s scientific academy, mainly records relating to the institution itself as well as personal papers of many prominent scientists.

Wellcome Collection – major collection of manuscripts related to history of science (particularly health sciences and biological sciences). NB. Search the filter by ‘Format’ and select ‘ Archives and Manuscripts’).

Science Museum – major collection of manuscripts, objects, and books relating to science in Britain from nineteenth century to today.

Royal Geographical Society – main British academy dedicated to geography, including surveying, exploring, and mapping.

Cambridge Commonwealth Collection – broad collection of archival material related to British Empire inc. anthropology and photography.

Royal Anthropological Institute – collection of material related to the history of anthropology, particularly personal papers of British anthropologists

Cambridge University Archives – vast collection of papers related to the university, including papers of anthropologists and psychologists.

Oxford University Archives – vast collection of papers related to the university, including papers of anthropologists and psychologists.

Other smaller archives may contain material of use, depending on your topic. Let me know and I can advise.

Archival Collections (Digital)

British Association for the Advancement of Science (Collections on the History of Science: 1830—1970) - a vast archive covering both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, containing material related to the history of science and technology in Britain and the British Empire.

Wellcome Library and Archives – contains an enormous amount of fully digitised archival material related to the history of medicine and the biological sciences . (Search filter using ‘Online’ and ‘Archives and Manuscripts’).

University College London Archives – a selection of digitised archival material related to individuals and institutions associated with the university, including genetics and the Institute of Archaeology.

Royal Society Archives – a somewhat limited (but expanding) selection of digitised archival material held at the Royal Society

American Philosophical Society – major collection related to science and technology in the United States.

Science History Institute – another major collection related to science and technology, mainly in the United States.

Cambridge Digital Library – digitised collections of papers held at Cambridge.

Cold Habor Spring Laboratory – digitised collection of major research centre associated with genetics including leading geneticists such as James Watson and Sydney Brenner.

Rockefeller Archive Center – contains digitised records (filter search) of the Rockefeller Center, major American funder of scientific research globally.

UNESCO Archive and UNESCO Documents - a significant portion of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization archive is available online, as well as documents and publications.

Printed Materials (Digital)

If you need to access a printed primary source, the best places to search for a digital copy are:

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Archive.org (NB. It is worth registering as you can sometimes digitally ‘borrow’ a book for free that is otherwise inaccessible.)

Medical Heritage Library

Science History Institute

Wellcome Library

Otherwise, use the University of Warwick Library inter-library loan service.

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Prize-Winning Thesis and Dissertation Examples

Published on September 9, 2022 by Tegan George . Revised on July 18, 2023.

It can be difficult to know where to start when writing your thesis or dissertation . One way to come up with some ideas or maybe even combat writer’s block is to check out previous work done by other students on a similar thesis or dissertation topic to yours.

This article collects a list of undergraduate, master’s, and PhD theses and dissertations that have won prizes for their high-quality research.

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Award-winning undergraduate theses, award-winning master’s theses, award-winning ph.d. dissertations, other interesting articles.

University : University of Pennsylvania Faculty : History Author : Suchait Kahlon Award : 2021 Hilary Conroy Prize for Best Honors Thesis in World History Title : “Abolition, Africans, and Abstraction: the Influence of the “Noble Savage” on British and French Antislavery Thought, 1787-1807”

University : Columbia University Faculty : History Author : Julien Saint Reiman Award : 2018 Charles A. Beard Senior Thesis Prize Title : “A Starving Man Helping Another Starving Man”: UNRRA, India, and the Genesis of Global Relief, 1943-1947

University: University College London Faculty: Geography Author: Anna Knowles-Smith Award:  2017 Royal Geographical Society Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Title:  Refugees and theatre: an exploration of the basis of self-representation

University: University of Washington Faculty:  Computer Science & Engineering Author: Nick J. Martindell Award: 2014 Best Senior Thesis Award Title:  DCDN: Distributed content delivery for the modern web

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University:  University of Edinburgh Faculty:  Informatics Author:  Christopher Sipola Award:  2018 Social Responsibility & Sustainability Dissertation Prize Title:  Summarizing electricity usage with a neural network

University:  University of Ottawa Faculty:  Education Author:  Matthew Brillinger Award:  2017 Commission on Graduate Studies in the Humanities Prize Title:  Educational Park Planning in Berkeley, California, 1965-1968

University:  University of Ottawa Faculty: Social Sciences Author:  Heather Martin Award:  2015 Joseph De Koninck Prize Title:  An Analysis of Sexual Assault Support Services for Women who have a Developmental Disability

University : University of Ottawa Faculty : Physics Author : Guillaume Thekkadath Award : 2017 Commission on Graduate Studies in the Sciences Prize Title : Joint measurements of complementary properties of quantum systems

University:  London School of Economics Faculty: International Development Author: Lajos Kossuth Award:  2016 Winner of the Prize for Best Overall Performance Title:  Shiny Happy People: A study of the effects income relative to a reference group exerts on life satisfaction

University : Stanford University Faculty : English Author : Nathan Wainstein Award : 2021 Alden Prize Title : “Unformed Art: Bad Writing in the Modernist Novel”

University : University of Massachusetts at Amherst Faculty : Molecular and Cellular Biology Author : Nils Pilotte Award : 2021 Byron Prize for Best Ph.D. Dissertation Title : “Improved Molecular Diagnostics for Soil-Transmitted Molecular Diagnostics for Soil-Transmitted Helminths”

University:  Utrecht University Faculty:  Linguistics Author:  Hans Rutger Bosker Award: 2014 AVT/Anéla Dissertation Prize Title:  The processing and evaluation of fluency in native and non-native speech

University: California Institute of Technology Faculty: Physics Author: Michael P. Mendenhall Award: 2015 Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics Title: Measurement of the neutron beta decay asymmetry using ultracold neutrons

University:  Stanford University Faculty: Management Science and Engineering Author:  Shayan O. Gharan Award:  Doctoral Dissertation Award 2013 Title:   New Rounding Techniques for the Design and Analysis of Approximation Algorithms

University: University of Minnesota Faculty: Chemical Engineering Author: Eric A. Vandre Award:  2014 Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics Title: Onset of Dynamics Wetting Failure: The Mechanics of High-speed Fluid Displacement

University: Erasmus University Rotterdam Faculty: Marketing Author: Ezgi Akpinar Award: McKinsey Marketing Dissertation Award 2014 Title: Consumer Information Sharing: Understanding Psychological Drivers of Social Transmission

University: University of Washington Faculty: Computer Science & Engineering Author: Keith N. Snavely Award:  2009 Doctoral Dissertation Award Title: Scene Reconstruction and Visualization from Internet Photo Collections

University:  University of Ottawa Faculty:  Social Work Author:  Susannah Taylor Award: 2018 Joseph De Koninck Prize Title:  Effacing and Obscuring Autonomy: the Effects of Structural Violence on the Transition to Adulthood of Street Involved Youth

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By Liam Oct 14, 2023 in History | No Comments

This post is dedicated to history and many of its amazing incidents. A list of 8 history dissertation topics is presented so you can make at least one very interesting title for yourself. The list contains topics with specific incidents and various periods in time from the past. Take your pick.

History dissertation topics

History research is an extremely interesting field, for it takes us closer to the truth of what really happened and gives us greater conviction in what we preach to the people we meet (some of whom call us wacky for that). Our history dissertation topics tell a lot about the subjects our friends should stay away from if they can’t handle emotional outbursts filled with historical references and high pitched sounds.

Ahem. I got a little carried away. Sorry.

This blog post is all about giving you a few neat history dissertation titles to play with. Some of them include specific incidents that could do with much more probing still. Others talk about various periods in time that are each known for a particular characteristic throughout.

The idea for history dissertation topics list is for you to go through the items and see which ones interest you most. Read a bit of scholarly literature to see which one of the titles you’re interested in have the greatest potential. Once you’ve made your pick, tweak the words a little and make it your dissertation topic in history (that’s a cheesy way of putting it).

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The funny thing is history is one subject that I think does not need a list of sample topics. Why? Well, because most of the events in history are good enough for individual study. In other words, it’s all about your interest. Whatever period of history interests you and any specific incident big enough for a detailed thesis can be turned into an interesting history dissertation.

In any case, let’s get you straight to that list, then.

The gas industry in Britain and its evolution and development since inception.

The impact of the African diaspora on cultural identities: A global historical review.

The reign of King Henry VIII and the English Reformation.

Did the British Empire fall? An evaluation of reasons.

Analysis of the political factors that led to the creation of the Nazi Germany.

The cultural and societal impact of the Harlem Renaissance: A retrospective review.

The Enlightenment and its impact on societal values, governance, and philosophy.

The historical significance of the British Isles and current issues.

The Victorian era and contribution of Popular Novels to perceptions of British culture.

An investigative analysis of the evolution of modern educational systems in the UK, fueled by popularity and prestige.

How has the Resale Prices Act (1964) changed the UK’s economic landscape?

The history of LGBTQ+ rights and activism in the United Kingdom.

Cultural separation in unified Europe and its impacts on the UK.

A review of gender roles in pre-modern societies: Exploring societal norms and deviations.

German confederation and its inevitability: A critical analysis.

History and domestic violence : Evolution of societal attitudes and responses to domestic violence throughout the ages.

The impact of the Spanish Inquisition on religious and cultural minorities.

The influence of the British East India Company on trade and politics in the 18th century.

Patenting during the Industrial Revolution- an evaluation of the UK’s contributions.

The history and influence of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

A comparative review of revolutions: French Revolution vs. Russian Revolution.

Britain in the age of romanticism- an exploration of contributions and their impacts.

The legacy of colonialism: A comparative analysis of African and Asian nations’ post-colonial experiences.

Impacts of the Industrial Revolution on urbanization and social structures in Britain.

The Apollo moon landing and its impact on space exploration and international relations.

A comparative study of the religious reformations: Protestant Reformation vs. Catholic Counter-Reformation.

How did Europe integrate and why has the UK lagged behind/ fenced out? Searching for explanations.

The Rwandan Genocide: A historical analysis of its causes, course, and aftermath.

A historical perspective on British mining.

The cultural and political transformation of Japan during the Meiji Restoration.

The history and legacy of the Black Panther Party in the United States.

Historical perspectives on environmentalism: A review of the Green movement.

How did British India assist in the field of medicine? A historical exploration.

The role of propaganda in World War I: Analyzing its use and effects.

The implications for the changing roles of the British Queen.

The history and influence of the Harlem Renaissance on African-American culture and identity.

British colonialism and its influence on India’s struggle for independence.

Changing perspectives on monarchy: Evaluating the role and perception of the British monarchy over centuries.

Studying the extent of damage the Great Depression caused Britain.

The role of the Magna Carta in shaping modern constitutional principles.

An exploration of the changes in natural landscapes of Britain post the immigration wave after the second world war.

The role of Native Americans in the American Revolutionary War and its aftermath.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global travel and tourism: Historical lessons and future trends.

The history of apartheid in South Africa and its effects on modern society.

Historical analysis of social movements and public response during pandemics: Comparing COVID-19 and the Spanish Flu.

An analysis of the British Isles and contribution to the UK economy.

The history of vaccines: Learning from the past to inform vaccination strategies post-COVID-19.

The history and evolution of the Olympic Games: A study of sports and diplomacy.

British newspapers and periodicals- a content analysis.

The transatlantic slave trade and its enduring socio-economic impacts.

The Pacific Theater of World War II: A comprehensive analysis of strategies and outcomes.

Reasons for multiculturalism in the UK and impact on youth.

Tracing the popularity of football in the UK and anticipating the future of the game.

Post-pandemic mental health policies and interventions: A historical analysis of public health responses.

The Vietnam War and its lasting impacts on society and politics.

The Battle of Stalingrad: A critical turning point in World War II.

The history of women’s rights movements across the globe.

The role of propaganda during World War II: A comparative analysis of Axis and Allied powers.

The influence of Confucianism on Chinese governance and society.

The Partition of India and its long-term consequences on the region.

An investigation of the changes to the British economy post the two world wars.

How can the UK’s migration patterns across time be traced? A discussion.

History and medicine : Medical advancements and breakthroughs: tracing the progression of healthcare practices through historical eras.

The evolution of architectural styles: A comparative review of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

A comparative review of the differences between the two Princes weddings and implications for the British monarchy.

What was the effect of the economic distress in America over Britain’s Great Depression?

What were the political causes of Britain’s decision to join the WWI?

Communism in the UK? An exploration.

The Crusades: An analysis of motives, consequences, and perceptions.

The role of propaganda during the Cold War: A comparative analysis of US and Soviet propaganda.

The contribution of the Industrial Revolution to the British economy.

Brexit and its historical roots: A comprehensive analysis of the UK’s relationship with the European Union.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economic structures and inequalities.

The role of women in the suffrage movement in the United States.

British mining and opportunities in colonial lands- an exploration.

The role of the British media in shaping public opinion during significant historical events.

The role of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic and its historical parallels.

The Haitian Revolution and its influence on the abolition of slavery in the Americas.

The decolonization of Africa: A study of nationalist movements and post-colonial challenges.

The rise and fall of the Mongol Empire: A historical analysis of Genghis Khan and his successors.

How did labor from under-developed regions contribute to the building of the British Empire? An analysis.

How has the UK maintained its place in world history? Bridging the past and the future.

Tracing the spread of Islam in the UK after the Second World War.

What was the effect of the economic distress in America over Britain’s Great Depression?

The role of religion in ancient Mesopotamia: A study of belief systems and societal structures.

The historiography of World War I: Analyzing different perspectives and interpretations.

The impact of the Mexican Revolution on Mexican society and governance.

The Cultural Revolution in China: A socio-political analysis and its aftermath.

Women’s suffrage movement in the UK: A comparative study of strategies and outcomes.

The role of the British Empire in the creation of economic disparities across its colonies.

The rise of fascism in Europe: A comparative study of Mussolini and Hitler.

Studying the diplomatic strategies that led to the Italian unification.

The cultural exchange and impact of the Silk Road on ancient civilizations.

Can Euroscepticism explain current Brexit scenario? An exploration.

The Golden Age of Islam: A study of advancements in science, art, and culture.

The Great Famine in Ireland and its impact on Irish migration to the UK.

Role of Napoleon III in the Crimean War: A literary analysis.

The impact of the Blitz during World War II on British society and resilience.

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When it comes to thinking about dissertations, it's useful to know how and where to look for material, both within Cambridge and further afield. The following is some guidance on finding various different types of material, whether primary or secondary.

Finding books in Cambridge

Finding books outside cambridge, finding articles.

  • Unpublished material

Online sources

Subject gateways.

For further help our LibGuide has lots of information about how to carry out research in History.

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Finding secondary material

The best place to begin looking for secondary material is a specialist bibliographical database covering your area of interest, eg. the Bibliography of British and Irish History . Teaching staff will be able to advise on what databases there are in your subject area. There may not be a specialist database covering your topic, in which case a more general literature search may be the best way to begin. Literature searches may also help you to find supplementary material, and to identify what is available within Cambridge.

Literature searches will help you to identify a viable topic of research, or a new angle from which to approach a subject, and they will also ensure that you do not duplicate work in progress. You will need to be compiling lists of material to consult at the same time as taking organised notes and writing; you should not wait to complete the reading before beginning to write.

For searching across library catalogues in Cambridge, use iDiscover ; as well as searching library holdings it also retrieves records for ejournals and ebooks, and can be extended to search databases such as JSTOR. You can also turn searches into RSS feeds (for alerts when any relevant items are added to the catalogue), and create lists of resources with the My Discovery tool.

The University's ebooks@cambridge team subscribe to thousands of ebook titles, including key resources such as the Cambridge Histories and Cambridge Companions. These are searchable through iDiscover; if there is an electronic copy of the book you are looking for, it will have the phrase "[electronic resource]" in the record after the title, and you can follow the link in the record directly through to the text. Ebooks are easy to use, can be accessed from home (with your Raven password), and can normally have several users accessing the text simultaneously, so access is almost always available.

You may need to extend your search beyond Cambridge, to see if there is material available elsewhere which is not held by any of the libraries in the university. Library Hub Discover  is the best way for finding material held in libraries in the United Kingdom; it is the combined catalogue of the UK's major research libraries (including the British Library, National Library of Scotland and National Library of Wales), as well as various specialist research libraries and collections (there is a list of participating institutions). The catalogue contains over 32 million records. It is possible to search by subject, author, title or keyword, and you can restrict your search by date, place published, type of material (eg. periodicals, maps), or language. Search results will display where an item is held, and provide links to an electronic copy, if there is a freely available one. It is also possible to set up RSS feeds for alerts. 

Items not available in Cambridge can be borrowed via the UL's Inter-Library Loans service . If you are working away from Cambridge (for example, during the vacation), you may be able to get access to other higher education libraries in your area; see the UL's page on vacation access for more information.

For catalogues of libraries outside the United Kingdom try WorldCat , a catalogue of over 10,000 libraries, which indexes 1.5 billion items.

You will need to look at journal articles as well as books, as journals are often where the latest, most up-to-date historical research is published. There are several citation databases which you can search for articles which might be relevant to your topic. As well as general historical databases, there are also more specialised ones, covering various regions, periods and topics. (Most of these will require a Raven password for off-campus access.) To search across the full range of electronic journals Cambridge subscribes to go to the ejournals@cambridge page. It is also possible to search across popular databases for article titles (as opposed to journal titles) on iDiscover.

Key general databases

  • Historical Abstracts: This covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada). Published since 1954, it indexes over 3,100 academic historical journals in more than 40 languages; thousands of new citations are added every year.
  • Scopus: This database is by far the largest citation database available to members of the University. It covers a range of disciplines and includes information about where articles have been cited.

Digital journal archives

  • JSTOR: A digital archive of over 1,000 journals; it can be subject-searched and gives immediate online access to articles in titles to which the University subscribes.
  • Project Muse: Full-text access to nearly 500 journals from over 130 scholarly publishers.

Region/country databases

  • America: History and Life: A companion title to Historical Abstracts. There is not online access, but the print copy can be found in the University Library (North Front, Floor 6, classmark: P660.b.31).
  • Bibliography of British and Irish History: A bibliographical database of historical writing dealing with the British Isles, the British Empire and the Commonwealth, from 55 B.C. to the present, containing over 500,000 records. (It is worth noting that it is not an exhaustive bibliography of works relating to the British Empire and the Commonwealth; it covers the relations of those countries in the Empire and the Commonwealth with Britain.)
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies: A bibliographical database covering articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia published since 1971.
  • Index Islamicus: A bibliographical database of books, articles and reviews on Islam and the Muslim world.

Chronological databases

  • International Medieval Bibliography: A bibliographical database covering medieval civilization, containing over 440,000 records.
  • Iter Bibliography: A bibliographical database covering the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700), containing over 1.1 million records.

Topical databases

  • ATLA Religion Database: A bibliographical database covering theology and church history, containing over 1.7 million records.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art: A bibliographical database on European and American art from late antiquity to the present, covering material published between 1975 and 2007.
  • History of Science, Technology & Medicine: amalgamation of a few separate bibliographies. Includes historiography and the role of science in society and culture from prehistoric times onwards.

Unpublished material (dissertations and theses)

There are several different databases for searching for university dissertations and theses, whether produced in the United Kingdom or further afield.

  • History Online: Contains a directory of history theses and research Masters produced in the U.K. since 1970, along with a list of theses currently in progress.
  • EThOS: The national thesis service: a British Library-administered database of over 300,000 theses from U.K. universities.  Those which have already been digitized can be downloaded for free, but if the thesis you want to look at has not yet been digitized, you will have to pay a fee.  (Cambridge dissertations are listed on Ethos but not supplied by the service.
  • ProQuest Digital Dissertations: A database of 2.4 million dissertation and theses citations from 700 academic institutions worldwide, offering full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997.
  • Apollo: Cambridge University's institutional repository.  Includes a collection of voluntarily deposited Ph.D. theses.

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Finding primary sources

The Seeley's online resources pages provide links to some useful electronic resources for history, broken down by Part I paper. These include primary sources, as well as bibliographical databases, and comprise both resources subscribed to by the University Library (which will require Raven passwords for off-campus access), and material which is freely available. You can access more online resources through the UL's eresources@cambridge page , which includes links to visual and sound resources, film and video services, and newspapers (both archives and current).

Some examples of online collections of primary source material:

  • American Memory (Library of Congress): online collection of documents for American history, comprising written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music.
  • British History Online: digital library of primary and secondary sources for medieval and modern history of the British Isles
  • Empire Online: online collection of original documents relating to empire studies, including exploration journals, periodicals, government papers, maps.
  • First World War: Personal Experiences: database of digital images of original documents, including diaries, letters, personal narratives, scrapbooks, and visual sources.
  • German History in Documents and Images: digital collection of original historical materials documenting German history from the beginning of the early modern period to the present.
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, 1688-2010: digital library of House of Commons sessional papers from 1715, with supplementary material back to 1688.

In Cambridge

The Janus catalogue provides access to more than 1800 catalogues of archives held throughout Cambridge, including the archives of many colleges, and of the Churchill Archives Centre .

The Seeley itself does not hold archival material, but it does have some microfilms of archive material.

In the United Kingdom

You may need to visit archives outside Cambridge as part of your research. To find out what archival material is held where, there are various union catalogues of archive material:

  • National Archives: Formerly the Public Record Office, this repository holds the national archives for England, Wales and the United Kingdom (there are separate national record offices for Scotland and Northern Ireland). They have extensive online catalogues , which can be searched by subject, and you can access their online collections and download copies of documents via the Discovery catalogue .
  • National Register of Archives: A register of over 44,000 unpublished lists and catalogues, detailing the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records relating to British history. These are "non-official" archives covering the holdings of local record offices, national and university libraries (including Cambridge), specialist repositories, museums and other bodies in the United Kingdom and abroad, as well as papers held privately by individuals, firms and institutions. The research guides on the website explain how the National Register of Archives can be used for locating material on particular topics.
  • Archives Hub: A national gateway to descriptions of archives of over 180 UK repositories (including Oxford and Cambridge); again, you can search by subject.
  • Access to Archives: A combined catalogue describing archives held in 418 record offices and other repositories in England and Wales, dating from the eighth century to the present day.

To search the holdings of archives outside the United Kingdom, try Archive Grid , a major catalogue of historical documents, personal papers and family history material held in repositories around the world; you can search for collections by topic.

Subject gateways are online portals to subject-specific resources, and can be excellent places to look for more information on your topic. Some gateways where the sites have been evaluated by experts include:

  • Internet for History: A free online tutorial to help history students develop Internet research skills; includes tips on useful sites for historians.
  • History Online: Created by the Institute of Historical Research, this initiative indexes books and journal articles, details history lecturers in the U.K., digital history projects, and current and past historical research.
  • History Data Service: This project collects, preserves, and promotes the use of digital resources, which result from or support historical research, learning and teaching.
  • Connected Histories: A collection of digital resources on early modern and 19th century British history.
  • Online resources
  • Electronic resources by paper
  • Libraries, archives, museums, galleries
  • Keeping up-to-date
  • International edition
  • Australia edition
  • Europe edition

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Ten things I wish I'd known before starting my dissertation

The sun is shining but many students won't see the daylight. Because it's that time of year again – dissertation time.

Luckily for me, my D-Day (dissertation hand-in day) has already been and gone. But I remember it well.

The 10,000-word spiral-bound paper squatted on my desk in various forms of completion was my Allied forces; the history department in-tray was my Normandy. And when Eisenhower talked about a "great crusade toward which we have striven these many months", he was bang on.

I remember first encountering the Undergraduate Dissertation Handbook, feeling my heart sink at how long the massive file took to download, and began to think about possible (but in hindsight, wildly over-ambitious) topics. Here's what I've learned since, and wish I'd known back then…

1 ) If your dissertation supervisor isn't right, change. Mine was brilliant. If you don't feel like they're giving you the right advice, request to swap to someone else – providing it's early on and your reason is valid, your department shouldn't have a problem with it. In my experience, it doesn't matter too much whether they're an expert on your topic. What counts is whether they're approachable, reliable, reassuring, give detailed feedback and don't mind the odd panicked email. They are your lifeline and your best chance of success.

2 ) If you mention working on your dissertation to family, friends or near-strangers, they will ask you what it's about, and they will be expecting a more impressive answer than you can give. So prepare for looks of confusion and disappointment. People anticipate grandeur in history dissertation topics – war, genocide, the formation of modern society. They don't think much of researching an obscure piece of 1970s disability legislation. But they're not the ones marking it.

3 ) If they ask follow-up questions, they're probably just being polite.

4 ) Do not ask friends how much work they've done. You'll end up paranoid – or they will. Either way, you don't have time for it.

5 ) There will be one day during the process when you will freak out, doubt your entire thesis and decide to start again from scratch. You might even come up with a new question and start working on it, depending on how long the breakdown lasts. You will at some point run out of steam and collapse in an exhausted, tear-stained heap. But unless there are serious flaws in your work (unlikely) and your supervisor recommends starting again (highly unlikely), don't do it. It's just panic, it'll pass.

6 ) A lot of the work you do will not make it into your dissertation. The first few days in archives, I felt like everything I was unearthing was a gem, and when I sat down to write, it seemed as if it was all gold. But a brutal editing down to the word count has left much of that early material at the wayside.

7 ) You will print like you have never printed before. If you're using a university or library printer, it will start to affect your weekly budget in a big way. If you're printing from your room, "paper jam" will come to be the most dreaded two words in the English language.

8 ) Your dissertation will interfere with whatever else you have going on – a social life, sporting commitments, societies, other essay demands. Don't even try and give up biscuits for Lent, they'll basically become their own food group when you're too busy to cook and desperate for sugar.

9 ) Your time is not your own. Even if you're super-organised, plan your time down to the last hour and don't have a single moment of deadline panic, you'll still find that thoughts of your dissertation will creep up on you when you least expect it. You'll fall asleep thinking about it, dream about it and wake up thinking about. You'll feel guilty when you're not working on it, and mired in self-doubt when you are.

10 ) Finishing it will be one of the best things you've ever done. It's worth the hard work to know you've completed what's likely to be your biggest, most important, single piece of work. Be proud of it.

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history dissertation topics

History is the study of the past. The past entails a lot, hence, history helps us to understand the world better, and how things came to be. History consists of past events as well as different inventions that have revolutionized till now. Writing a history dissertation is not that complex.

Essential Parts of A History Dissertation

A history dissertation is much more advanced than simple history homework . But fear not, follow this brief guide and checkout the list of topics to help you out. Most dissertations follow a similar basic structure. Ideal history dissertations include an abstract, introduction, methods, discussion, conclusion, and references.

Get An Ideal Topic. First, you will need to find an ideal topic that your professor will approve of. Also, remember, you must stick to your course unit to ensure that you write what is needed. Furthermore, keep in mind the specific length of the dissertation, rules, and regulations that you should stick with. Abstract. Remember to have a great title page, acknowledgment, dedication, and much more. You should then have an abstract that is normally a summary of the whole project, dissertation, or thesis. However, you should write it after you are done with the entire work. It should just be brief. Introduction. This is another major part that illustrates what you will cover while doing your dissertation. Hence, do proper research to ensure that what you write in the introduction is built up in the dissertation. Additionally, you should provide a background to the topic and reasons for choosing the specific topic. Also remember to highlight the key questions to be explored, the structure of the dissertation, and ultimate goals. Methods And Discussion. These are the methods that you will use to research your topic. There are qualitative and quantitative research methods. You need to properly choose a research method that will help you in the collection of data. Once you compile the data, you can then discuss your findings. Conclusion. Once you are done, you will need to provide a conclusion that sums up all that you have done. This will help you to align all your findings easily without any issues. You can have your deductions, inferences, assumptions, and much more. This is a great way to make your assumptions clear or nullify your hypothesis References. Remember to provide references that show the resources that you used in your research. Hence, use credible sources to get your data. Also, do a proper literature review for your dissertation.

Controversial History Dissertation Topics

Are you in college or uni and looking for ideal topics? You can start with these. Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate at school, the topics are ideal.

  • Evaluate the Mesopotamia civilization back in the day.
  • The history of the ancient Greek Olympics.
  • Evaluate the warfare and violence in ancient times.
  • The various women roles and gender relations over time.
  • Discuss the Maya empire according to the ancient civilizations.
  • Compare the burial rituals between Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece.
  • How has Geography had an impact on ancient culture development?
  • The impact of the invention of papyrus on the world.
  • The cause and effect of art on classical societies
  • The importance of the Egyptian pyramid.
  • The evolution of the Stone Age period.
  • The various cultural practices during the historical period.
  • The cultural transformation of Rome in the Middle Ages.
  • Evaluate feudalism development.
  • The art development in the Middle Ages.

Interesting History Thesis Topics

When choosing a topic, try to choose one that is interesting. Also, you should try to choose a topic that you will feel happy doing its research. However, remember, you will need to consult your professors first.

  • Evaluate London during the Roman age.
  • The role of the church in the Middle Ages.
  • The various defense methods that were used during the Middle Ages.
  • Analyze the medieval convivencia.
  • Evaluate nationalism since the 19th century.
  • Evaluate the religious symbolism in renaissance paintings.
  • The impact of the industrial revolution on western civilizations.
  • The major principles of liberalism.
  • Analyze the history of the Cuban revolution.
  • The historical influence of Abraham Lincoln.
  • What were the gender roles during the Spanish Civil War?
  • The origin of the French Revolution.
  • The impacts of consumerism in world history.
  • The development of feminism over time.
  • The development of patriarchy over time.

In-Depth History Dissertation Ideas

As a student in class, you need to be observant and try your best to succeed while in school. Hence, you can even brainstorm with other students to know how best to do your dissertation.

  • The importance of Berlin in the Cold War.
  • The causes and effects of the Cuban missile crisis.
  • The main cause of the Crimean war.
  • The major consequences of the Crimean war
  • The religious role of the Crimean war.
  • How the Cold War influenced the film industry.
  • The post-cold war world challenges.
  • The relationship between the settlers and Native Americans.
  • The causes of civil war in America.
  • The major causes of depression during the 1890s.
  • The major roles of founding fathers in American society and religion.
  • The causes and consequences of the Spanish-American war.
  • The major importance of the frontier in American history.
  • The racism role in American art.
  • The historical analysis of drug use.

Best Ancient History Dissertation Topics

You need to write a high-quality dissertation to get high grades. These are some of the best ancient history dissertation topics that you can start with.

  • The impact of British colonization.
  • The rise and fall of Napoleon.
  • The causes of revolution in history.
  • The evolution of the IRA.
  • Evaluate the history of feudalism.
  • Europe’s perception of Islam in the different centuries.
  • The major political conflicts in India.
  • The impact of the First World war on British policies.
  • The role of women in Hinduism.
  • The paradox of Christianity, slavery, and colonialism.
  • The comparison of classical art and cubism.
  • Analyze the impact of religion on innovation.
  • The evolution of advertising and marketing in the UK.
  • The history of public health.
  • How history helps in exploring the future of any country.

Good Art History Dissertation Topics

Art is beautiful. Did you know that people started making art even in the early years? Yes, they did, and it looked as amazing as it looks even now. Here are some topics that deal with the history of art.

  • Evaluate the past architecture.
  • The development of the human body in the past.
  • How did Egyptian art change over time?
  • The relation between feminism and Egyptian art.
  • Evaluate the development of the Amarna art.
  • The evolution of paintings.
  • The impact of the natural world in Indian painting.
  • Do you think the British era led to a repression of Indian art development?
  • The Indian temple art.
  • How did Miro contribute to the surrealist movement?
  • Evaluate contemporary feminism according to Egyptian art.
  • Compare the development of Byzantine and Egyptian art.
  • Evaluate the gothic art through medieval eyes.
  • Analyze the past Egyptian paintings.
  • Evaluate art and politics.

Advanced History Dissertation Topics

Finding an ideal topic can take you a considerable amount of time. Hence, you can use any of these topics for your history dissertation. They are all simple, straightforward, and ideal.

  • The political causes of Britain’s decision to join WW1.
  • The major political factors that led to the creation of Nazi Germany.
  • The damages were caused by the great depression in Britain.
  • An analysis of the German confederation and inevitability.
  • The role of Napoleon III in the Crimean war.
  • The major implications of the change of roles in The British Queen.
  • The contribution of the Victorian era.
  • How does the Victorian era affect the perceptions of the British culture in popular novels?
  • The spread of Islam after WWII in the UK.
  • Explore Britain, the age of romanticism.
  • The modes of British history have shaped its current culture.
  • The major British economy changes in the two World wars.
  • The British mining historical perspective.
  • Explore British mining and opportunities in the colonial lands.
  • The role of the British Empire in the creation of the economic disparities in its colonies.

Interesting History Dissertation Topics

While doing a history dissertation, you need to have a goal in mind. What do you exactly want to find out? Why do you want to know more about it? Here are some topics that you can start with.

  • Evaluate what led to the fall of the British Empire.
  • The impact of British India in the field of medicine.
  • Analyze patenting during the Industrial revolution.
  • The contribution of the Industrial revolution globally.
  • The evolution of the gas industry over time since inception.
  • Evaluate the changing roles of the British military over the past century.
  • Explore communism in the UK.
  • How can all the UK’s migration patterns over time be traced?
  • The origin, changes, and current challenges of the history of the British birds.
  • Labor contribution from underdeveloped regions to the building of the British Empire.
  • The reasons why it took long for the Berlin Wall to fall.
  • The reasons that led to the American Revolution stages.
  • The major causes of the WW1.
  • Evaluate Hitler in the WW1
  • The major unions in WW1.

Informative History Of Art Dissertation Topics

Are you a good history student? Then you should try any of these dissertation topics and see how best you can cope with them. They are ideal, and you will be happy in the long run.

  • How WW1 can be avoided?
  • The most meaningful decisions that affected the First World War conclusion.
  • Make a comparison between the Great Migration and the Great depression.
  • The meaning of black Tuesday and its implications.
  • The various parties that became wealthy during the Great Depression.
  • Evaluate major disasters in the United States.
  • Analyze the countries that were destroyed during WW II.
  • Which are the various things that led to Germany’s defeat.
  • Which are the major impacts of Napoleons’ leadership style.
  • Analyze the life of Napoleon over time.
  • The motivation of Hitler in the past.
  • The contribution of Hitler in history.
  • The most relevant battles in Napoleon’s life.
  • The consequences of the fight of Napoleon vs. Hitler.

Unusual History Dissertation Topics

Yes, these are some of the most unusual history dissertation topics that you wouldn’t have thought of. You just need to know how to do research and choose one for your dissertation.

  • Evaluate the life of Medieval European peasants.
  • Analyze the Western world and social stratification.
  • Compare the World War I and World War II.
  • Analyze the recent historical development of Japan and China
  • Which are the significant events of the Ottoman Empire?
  • Evaluate the impact of nuclear weapons on the world military clashes.
  • Which is Japanese history?
  • The key achievements of the World Rights movement.
  • Review the lessons gotten from the World Wars.
  • Analyze the common impacts of Roman cultures.
  • Evaluate imperialism in the 20th century.
  • The role of the colonial American women in the revolution.
  • Describe how Martin Luther King Jr assassination occurred.
  • Evaluate the conflicts, strikes, and labor unions in the 18th century.
  • Analyze the democratic convention in Chicago during 1968.

Victorian History Dissertation Topics

The Victorian era had a lot of evolutions and great steps. Here are some Victorian history dissertation topics that you can use in your coursework to get top grades.

  • The diplomatic history of World War I
  • Evaluate Korean poetry since time immemorial.
  • Analyze the modern dress versus classical art.
  • Analyze decorative art and exoticism.
  • Evaluate the development of Pablo Picasso’s painting.
  • Analyze the Ancient Greece power versus ancient Rome.
  • Medieval Europe and city development.
  • The significance of the Quran in Medieval Europe.
  • The common protests and demonstrations during the ancient ages.
  • Evaluate the rise of the Dutch republic.
  • The decline of the Eastern Empire.
  • Feudalism decline.
  • The various queens and kings of Britain since ancient times.
  • Europe and 18th-century politics.
  • The rising of the Eastern powers.

African History Dissertation Topics

These are some of the best African history dissertation topics. They are all attributed to the African continent and its development over time.

  • The emergence of the National Congress of British West Africa.
  • The politics of transformation in Abuja.
  • The origins of indirect rule in Nigeria.
  • The major role of ex-servicemen in nationalism in Kenya.
  • The Dutch participated in the African slave trade.
  • The negative impact of the slave trade on the current generations in Africa.
  • The history of labor emigration from Malawi and its neighborhood.
  • Evaluate the Afrikaners in Kenya.
  • The paradox of the indigenous church building.
  • The historical study of Malawi Lake.
  • Malawians in the Great War and after.
  • The development of the transportation sector in Tanzania.
  • The Rwandan colonial economy.
  • The state and society in colonial Malawi.
  • The internal and external dimensions of the Eritrean conflict.

Russian History Dissertation Topics

Russia has developed over time. These are some of the topics that you can use to understand why some things happened as they did, back in Russia.

  • What is so remarkable about Russian leaders?
  • The influence of Russian history in the current political practices.
  • How can Russia’s social interaction be considered different from that of the rest of the world?
  • The major causes of the coal up springs throughout Russia’s history.
  • The main Russian obstacles in the quest for industrialization.
  • The origins of the social classes in Russia.
  • The major causes of the breakup of the Soviet Union.
  • The major contributors in the formation of Russia.
  • The major roles of the former empires of Russia in the current nation.
  • How was Christianity incorporated into the Russian culture?
  • What led to the customary war-like culture of the Russian leaders?
  • The evident impacts of the Soviet Union.
  • The various social classes in Russia.
  • The impact of the revolutionary action and the impact of the industrial workers in the early 1900s.
  • The reasons for the Russian social interaction over time.

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  • Evaluate the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
  • The politics of public health and welfare in the United States.
  • The impact of the baby boom on American Society.
  • The secrecy methods used in the Manhattan Project.
  • The causes of McCarthyism and the effects.
  • The impact of the midway battle in World War II.
  • The causes, effects, and events that led to the Harlem renaissance.
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  • The cause and effects of the spring face race riot of 1908.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the two sides of the civil war.
  • The impact of the United States Abolitionist movement.
  • Evaluate the Mexican war provoked by the U.S.

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  • Does the loss of faith in democracies produce conservative leaders?
  • Did the world learn from the rise of Hitler?
  • The most successful and disastrous vaccines produced by scientists.
  • How science has changed human behavior over the years.
  • What changed the world more, the crash of the 1920s or 2000s?
  • Can the market be trusted even after historical crashes and recessions?
  • Evaluate the age of digitalization.
  • The history of the modern world.
  • How the USA benefitted from industrialization.
  • The impact of industrialization in Africa.
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Three reasons why you should apply to bsc international relations and history at lse.

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Have some thoughts about applying to LSE, but have no idea which degree programme to apply to? Or are you in love with both history and international relations but you can’t decide between the two? Well, BSc International Relations and History may be a good fit for you. As a second-year student, here are my three personal reasons why you should invest your next three years studying this programme.

A balanced programme that mutually complements both IR and History

As the name suggests, the programme consists of both international relations and history courses at a 50:50 ratio. While you can choose to take courses outside of the departments – what we call “outside options” – in years 1 and 3, you should take two international relations and two history courses in Year 2. I know, this may or may not be your cup of tea. I found this to be an advantage, as I wanted to have an equally balanced background in both subjects throughout my three years. Furthermore, having a consistent history background can aid your studies of the international relations courses, given that a lot of case studies in your international relations readings have historical backgrounds. If your history courses can serve as your additional background knowledge, you will realise the clear connections between the past and the present: they truly speak to each other!

For instance, take Global Transformation, one of the key international relations concepts in understanding the eurocentric international order shaped by imperialism. (You get to study this in your first-year compulsory international relations course IR100 ). If you take HY113: From Empire to Independence – together with IR100, you get to dig deeper into how different countries resisted the Western-centric international order through decolonisation and non-aligned movements, just to name a few. As you may observe in this example, the development of international relations can also provide an additional perspective on the historical trend. If you wish to work in a career where both history and international relations matter (such as international organisations or serving as a diplomat), this programme should give you a strong academic background.

Wider opportunities ahead

Since international relations and history are two interlinked, yet distinct subjects, it provides you with a broader range of academic experiences. If you’re uncertain about what career you want to pursue after your degree here, taking a joint degree may be a good choice. To clarify, here goes my personal experience. In my first year, I used to serve as an assistant editor of The Webster Review of International History , the student-run history journal published here at LSE, aspiring to become an historian. Then, I somehow got interested in Korean diplomacy after writing a policy memo for my summative assessment in one of my international relationsc courses. In the Summer of 2023, I had the privilege to be selected as a participant in a two-week-long diplomacy workshop at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Korea. To distinguish myself from other strong applicants, I presented my interest in diplomatic and international history, and how these factors are interlinked with forming contemporary South Korean diplomatic strategy with other countries. Such a career shift (from history research to hands-on work in international relations) is supported with this degree. 

Flexibility in writing a dissertation

If you’re a BA History student, a dissertation is a compulsory element in Year 3. However, if you’re doing international relations and history, a dissertation is optional and only in the subject of history. This is an advantage if research is not your forte, as you can take a content-based course instead of writing a dissertation.

If like me, you want to write a dissertation anyway, you’ll get plenty of support from your home department – the Department of International History . The staff is approachable through office hours (even if they are not teaching the courses that you’re currently taking), and the department offers workshops to both second and third-year students who are on their journey to writing a dissertation.

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The billionaire investor has mounted a high-profile battle against Harvard president Claudine Gay over antisemitism and threats to Jewish students on campus, but long-held personal grudges play a part, too.

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In the two-month battle over the fate of Harvard’s president, the billionaire investor William A. Ackman has cast himself as a protector of Jewish students and the standard-bearer for people who believe colleges have fostered a hostile atmosphere for critics of liberal orthodoxy.

But behind his anger are personal grievances that predate the uproar that has engulfed campuses since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on Israel and Israel’s subsequent invasion of Gaza. Mr. Ackman, by his own admission and according to others around him, resents that officials at his alma mater, to which he’s donated tens of millions of dollars, and its president, Claudine Gay, have not heeded his advice on a variety of topics.

Most recently, this includes how to respond to complaints of antisemitism and the specter of violence against supporters of Israel on campus.

“It would have been smart for her to listen, or to at least pick up the phone,” Mr. Ackman said in an interview, describing a recent outreach to Dr. Gay that was part of a stream of calls, texts and letters to university officials.

On Tuesday, Harvard’s board announced that Dr. Gay, its first Black president, would stay in her post despite calls for her removal. Though Mr. Ackman’s campaign — which has included the accusation that she was hired in part because of her race and gender — failed to unseat her, he succeeded in shaping the debate about antisemitism at universities and showcasing questions about the power of major donors to dictate the direction of elite institutions. He said he wants to be a “positive force” at the school.

Those sensitive to the perception that a wealthy alumnus could exert such influence over the school mounted a campaign to back Dr. Gay. Mr. Ackman maintains support from some corners of campus, including Jewish groups who feel that the university was too slow to forcefully condemn the Hamas attack and has since equivocated on threatened violence against Jewish students. Mr. Ackman noted that he met with 230 Jewish students in a town hall on a recent trip to campus.

“When the history of this moment is written, Bill will be a part of it,” said Rabbi Hirschy Zarchi of Harvard Chabad, who also hosted Mr. Ackman on campus.

Mr. Ackman, who posts frequently on social media to nearly one million followers, stands virtually alone among high-profile donors to Harvard in making himself a public adversary of the school. Other wealthy Harvard donors like the financier Kenneth Griffin have pressed their perspectives only behind the scenes.

The president of the University of Pennsylvania, M. Elizabeth Magill, resigned this weekend amid organized pushback from high-profile alumni of the school. Ms. Magill, Dr. Gay and Sally Kornbluth, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, set off a furor at a congressional hearing last week, when they seemed to evade questions about whether students should be disciplined if they called for the genocide of Jews.

“I don’t think we would have seen anything nearing the level of backlash against these institutions had it not been for Bill Ackman,” said Chris Rufo, senior fellow of the conservative Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, an outspoken critic of university diversity programs and topics like critical race theory. Mr. Rufo praised the hedge fund manager as an “elite defector,” a sentiment shared by a half-dozen Harvard donors who said they supported Mr. Ackman’s aims but were reticent to speak publicly and damage their relationship with the school.

There are others who disagree. Ben Eidelson, a professor at Harvard Law School, described Mr. Ackman as “an interloper.” “We can’t function as a university if we’re answerable to random rich guys and the mobs they mobilize on Twitter,” he said.

Mr. Ackman, 57, has an estimated fortune of $3.8 billion, according to Forbes, and a history of donating to Democrats. He founded the hedge fund Pershing Square Capital and for years waged high-profile, drawn-out battles against companies he believes to be mismanaged. He lost a billion-dollar bet against the nutritional food supplement company Herbalife , which he called an outright fraud — allegations that were never proven. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, he made $2.6 billion wagering that the stock market would drop.

In recent years, Mr. Ackman has also frequently weighed in on hot-button public issues, including the pandemic, Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the cryptocurrency exchange FTX, the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and the various goings-on around Elon Musk.

Key to Pershing Square’s playbook, which Mr. Ackman seems to have adopted in his battle against Harvard, is a commitment to go to great lengths to pressure companies to bend to his will.

He has given tens of millions of dollars over the years to Harvard, but does not rank among the top donors at a school that has landed numerous nine-figure donations. His largest gift dates to 2014, when he and his former wife announced a $25 million donation to expand the economics department and endow three professorships.

More recently, he gave a smaller sum to the rowing crew, a team he joined as an undergraduate.

But interviews with him and 10 associates revealed a gradual degradation of the relationship with his alma mater.

In the interview on Monday, Mr. Ackman recalled that a little over a year ago, Dr. Gay, who at the time was dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, paid a visit to his waterfront Manhattan office. The topics of discussion included Mr. Ackman’s plans to donate more money.

The 45-minute chat was pleasant, he recalled, and so he expected that she might be receptive to his input roughly two months ago, when he called her to discuss his concerns about the danger to Jewish students after the deadly Oct. 7 attack in Israel, and his disappointment in the university’s official response to it.

Dr. Gay forwarded his message to Penny Pritzker, leader of Harvard’s governing board, who engaged Mr. Ackman in what he described as “an entirely disappointing conversation.” Ms. Pritzker did not respond to requests for comment.

Mr. Ackman has privately steamed at Harvard over at least the past three years, several people who have discussed the subject with him say, in part after the university’s administration brushed off his suggestions for how to set up a testing lab to get students and staff back to campus during the pandemic.

Two years ago, in an incident not previously reported, Mr. Ackman told members of Harvard’s fund-raising team he might not give another dime because they hadn’t heeded his advice on how to invest an earlier donation, said two people with knowledge of the exchanges. Mr. Ackman sent off a series of fiery letters to Harvard administrators questioning their financial acumen. He wound up donating more money anyway.

Asked about that episode, Mr. Ackman said it was “a distraction from other things” and declined to answer questions about it. A Harvard spokesman declined to comment on school’s interactions with Mr. Ackman.

Mr. Ackman compared the university’s lack of engagement with him to companies he targeted in his early days as an activist investor pushing for changes. Then, he would call chief executives and wouldn’t get his calls returned. Now, he said, it’s more common for corporate boards to invite him in.

On Nov. 4, he wrote a four-page letter to Dr. Gay, outlining his concerns about antisemitism on campus and what he called double standards on campus for different racial and ethnic groups. He offered a detailed list of actions he wanted the university to take.

After sending that letter, he said he had minimal contact with Harvard. He continued to raise questions about Dr. Gay on social media and in public forums, including by promoting claims that Dr. Gay had plagiarized academic research.

Harvard’s board said that Dr. Gay had not violated the school’s standards for research misconduct, but that she would retroactively add additional citations and quotations to earlier research.

Another billionaire financier agitating for change at an elite university, the private-equity mogul Marc Rowan, tried a different tack. Mr. Rowan, who headed the board of advisers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, had been publicly calling for the ouster of the university’s president, but last week told associates that he was stepping back, worried it could do more harm than good to associate the effort with a wealthy Wall Street investor, people briefed on the conversations said.

Even some of Mr. Ackman’s supporters said in interviews that they wished he had heeded the same advice, though they didn’t want to be named for fear of becoming Mr. Ackman’s target themselves. Mr. Ackman said that a more demure approach wasn’t an option, as he had no formal role on any Harvard boards. “They didn’t let me in,” he said.

Mr. Ackman, who was criticized after he sought to identify students in groups that blamed Israel for the Hamas attack, said he doesn’t give much thought to his detractors.

“For every email I’ve gotten saying, ‘You’re a racist.’ I’ve gotten 1,000 people saying, ‘What you’re saying is what I believe’,” he said. “I’ve gotten calls from some of the most prominent people in the world who said, ‘I wish I could say what you’re saying.’”

He said he will continue to share his concerns with Harvard’s administration and others at the school. He also predicted that others would continue to mine Dr. Gay’s academic record. “I don’t see a scenario where she survives for the long term or intermediate term,” he said on Monday.

He declined to comment Tuesday on the news that Dr. Gay would keep her job.

Maureen Farrell writes about Wall Street, focusing on private equity, hedge funds and billionaires and how they influence the world of investing. More about Maureen Farrell

Rob Copeland is a finance reporter, writing about Wall Street and the banking industry. He is the author of "The Fund: Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates and the Unraveling of a Wall Street Legend," to be published in November 2023. More about Rob Copeland

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