Suggestions for essay themes

Naomasa298

Forum Staff
Apr 2010
35,368
T'Republic of Yorkshire
Please post your suggestions for essay themes. The mods will select a theme from the suggestions.

Themes should be generalised enough to reasonably allow contestants to write about any whatever their specialist area of history is.

For example, "The Napoleonic Wars" is too specific. But "Social reform during 10th-15th centuries" might be acceptable.
 

Chlodio

Forum Staff
Aug 2016
4,599
Dispargum
The effect or non-effect of an inter-dynastic marriage or group of marriages on history. (The non-effect of a marriage refers to a marriage that failed to meet expectations in terms of its diplomatic or other intended consequence).
 

Kotromanic

Ad Honorem
Dec 2011
5,014
Iowa USA
(Western history bias is stipulated in this topic.)

The Rise of Banking and historical significance of the transfer of capital lending from Church to Banking Houses. (Trade/Guild alliances of weavers and wool producers, etc is a part of the broad topic.)

Emergence of the Bankers as a stage of development was repeated in several national settings. Essayists can pick their time/place as main evidence for the essay?
 

Willempie

Ad Honorem
Jul 2015
5,498
Netherlands
Patriotism/nationalism in nation building.
Heroes (or were they) in national history.

Also just a suggestion, make two themes available. That way you not stuck when it is about decisive battles.
 

Naomasa298

Forum Staff
Apr 2010
35,368
T'Republic of Yorkshire
Patriotism/nationalism in nation building.
Heroes (or were they) in national history.

Also just a suggestion, make two themes available. That way you not stuck when it is about decisive battles.
The problem I can see with two themes is that you're then comparing apples with oranges when it comes to assessing them.
 

Kirialax

Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
4,894
Blachernai
Heresy. In our modern definition, it's a term loaded with (usually negative) religious meaning, but how might we use the term to discuss personages or groups from the past, in both western and non-western contexts?


The Shelby Cullom Davis Centre has some good examples:
2016-18: Risk and Fortune
2014-16: In the Aftermath of Catastrophe
2012-14: Belief and Unbelief
2010-12: Authority and Legitimation
2008-10: Cultures and Institutions in Motion
2007-08: Fear
2005-07: Utopias and Dystopias
2003-05: Cities: Space, Society, and History
2001-03: Migration
1999-01: Conversion: Sacred and Profane
1998-99: Corruption
1996-98: Animals and Human Society
1994-96: Business, Enterprise and Culture
1992-94: Proof and Persuasion
1990-92: Colonialism, Imperialism, and the Colonial Aftermath
1988-90: Power and Responses to Power
1986-88: The Transmission of Culture
1984-86: Charity and Welfare
1982-84: War and Society
1980-82: Political Power and Ideology
1978-80: The History of the Professions
1976-78: History of the Family
1974-76: Popular Culture
1973-74: Popular Religion
1969-73: The History of Education
 
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