When writing a dissertation it is important to choose a topic within your subject area that allows for discussion and critical evaluation with a view to producing some novel understanding. There is a need to be focused on a particular aspect of the topic chosen with the view to generating something beneficial for the academic community at large that should be effectively outlined in the abstract to your piece. However, it is also particularly important to choose an area you find interesting and feel confident in with a view to highlighting your academic abilities. Even knowing this may leave you feeling like you have no idea where to start. To help you to write a superb history dissertation, this article provides suggestions of topics for you, covering the areas of the Crimean War, Napoleon, Italian Unification, German Unification, First World War, Great Depression, Mussolini, Nazi Germany, Stalin’s Russia and Second World War.
The Crimean War is considered the first ‘modern’ conflict that influenced the course of all future wars in what was effectively a throwback to the time of Richard The Lion heart, with a conflict over ‘The Holy Land’ to be resolved. 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.
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 to improve living standards among the nation’s people, but his military policy has been called into question. Possible topics for your history dissertation on Napoleon III could include:
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 when writing your history dissertation, perhaps you could research the Italian Unification.
Germany was effectively unified in 1871 when Otto von Bismarck managed to unify all the independent states into one nation. But there is some debate surrounding about whether or not there was a master plan to unify Germany or whether the aim was in fact to merely expand the Prussian State. The history of Germany and the German Unification lends much to discuss within your history dissertation.
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, however may not know all of the details. For your history dissertation you could research further into one of these topics:
Between the two World Wars, Britain was faced with numerable problems that various governments sought to resolve for the good of society as a whole. But whilst successive governments were criticised, some significant advancements were made. The Great Depression is a period of British history that is perhaps overlooked more than it should be. Research in this area would make for very interesting reading for your history dissertation.
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 discuss this or other topics involving Mussolini for your history dissertation.
Hitler effectively came to power as the ruler of Germany through a succession of clever coups and policies. His Nazi Party utilised their propaganda to effectively overtake the last threads of democracy still provided for by the remnants of the Weimar Republic, as the Nazis sought to implement their ideology in Europe. 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 questions are listed below.
Russia was effectively dominated by one man who wielded as much power as any tsar from 1924 until his death in 1953. Difficult problems faced Russia when Stalin came to power in 1929 as he attempted to deal with all of these problems with a view to forming a better Russia. Stalin is a prominent figure to research on, lending much to discuss in a history dissertation.
Unlike the First World War, the Second World War was a war of more rapid advancement and was a complex affair with major campaigns right across Europe – without including those throughout the rest of the world – as the war was effectively the protection of freedom against the threat of conquest. Such an important event in history would make for excellent reading as a history dissertation.
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