Dissertation ideas History
If you’re writing a history dissertation, you must have some interest in history, and you very likely have some specific interests in different aspects of it. Expand your horizons by watching documentaries on your favorite topics, reading peer reviewed articles about them, and venturing outside of your comfort zone by reading about opposing viewpoints.
People, events, eras
Narrow down your interests after doing your reading and watching, and choose some people, events, or eras that you find particularly fascinating. These probably won’t directly provide you with a truly unique topic, however. After all, many of the fascinating things we like about history have been written about to death. But you’ll also want to cater to your own interests to make your dissertation, so it’s a good place to start.
Train yourself to pick out details
Laypersons only understand the broad strokes of historical happenings and personages. However, in writing a dissertation, you’re setting yourself apart from lay people. Amp up your consumption of materials by focusing on niche topics and reading more serious academic works about them.
Sidekicks, small events, and unusual themes
History’s major players aren’t usually a great choice for dissertations—unless you can come up with a new angle. If you’re absolutely determined to write about Napoleon or Lincoln, try and find some small event or topic that relates which hasn’t been scrutinized much. A better tactic, however, is to choose to write about someone who is tangential to their lives. You’ll find that to even be a “minor” character in history, they probably were an intriguing and influential person. After all, we only think of them as minor characters because we’re comparing them to giants. As an added bonus, you’ll get to write about your favorite “giant” quite a bit too.