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tell a lot about the subjects our friends should stay away from if they can’t handle emotional outbursts filled with historical references and high pitched sounds.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 this 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).

History Dissertation Topics List

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.

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

Studying the diplomatic strategies that led to the Italian unification

German confederation and its inevitability: A critical analysis

The apolitical reasons behind the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand: A critical study of the causes of WWI

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

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

Studying the extent of damage the Great Depression caused Britain

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

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Just making that list reminded me how incredible our civilisation’s history is – and not always in a splendid way.

I hope you found at least one title in the list that interested you. Let me know in the comments section below if you did.

The First World War Dissertation Topics

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?

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