In the course of my undergraduate degree I have studied a wide range of history: from the Late Roman Empire to the Cold War, and have written a series of assessed essays on a range of topics. While some of my earlier First and Second Year essays are slightly weaker, in an effort to expand the scope of this site, I wanted to share some of my research.
With each essay, I shall include the title, bibliography, word count and mark, as well as feedback from my supervisors.
- How did the Romans respond to the threat posed by Sassanian Persia and how effective was that response?
- Early Medieval:
- The Crusades:
- Are historians right to dismiss Louis VII’s crusade to the Holy Land as having failed to achieve what it was supposed to?
- How sustainable were the polities created by the crusaders in the Holy Land?
- Did the conquerors of the Baltic lands put colonisation before conversion?
- Seminar Report: Why did the nobility go on the First Crusade?
- The development of the historiography concerning Doge Enrico Dandolo, Byzantine-Venetian relations and the Fourth Crusade.
- Medieval Rus:
- Dissertation: Salvation and Damnation: An analysis and comparison of Japanese and European warrior ethics.
- Why did early modern states seek to curb religious dissent and how significant were their efforts?
- The early ‘military revolution’ was nothing more than an ‘infantry revolution’. Discuss.
- Discuss the historical significance of the 1552-1556 annexation of the khanates of Kazan and Astrakhan by Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible).
- Assess the impact of the Cotton industry on the British economy 1770-1830.
- How feasible were the goals of the 1848 revolutionaries?
- Compare and contrast the state-building policies of Austria and Prussia between 1849 and 1866/71.
- How did the Japanese feel about the prospect of opening treaty ports?
- To what extent did Western observers approve of early Meiji diplomatic and military overtures to China (Taiwan) and Korea?
- Source commentary on an extract from ‘Mein Kampf’, by Adolf Hitler.
- To what extent was the atomic bomb used as a diplomatic “master card” by American policymakers at the end of the Second World War?
- Public Perceptions of the Vietnam War.
- Was JFK planning to withdraw the majority of US troops before his death in 1963?
- Seminar Report: Why was Eisenhower the most to blame for increased U.S. involvement in Vietnam?