In June 2009, the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol voted to begin to publish the best of the annual dissertations produced by the department’s final year History undergraduates (deemed to be those receiving a mark of 75 or above). We did so in recognition of the excellent research work being undertaken by our students. As a department, we are committed to the advancement of historical knowledge and understanding, and to research of the highest order. We believe that our undergraduates are part of that endeavour.
Listed below are the the best of this year’s final year undergraduate dissertations, with links to the dissertations themselves where these are available. Please note, however, that these dissertations are published in the state they were submitted for examination. Thus the authors have not been able to correct errors and/or departures from departmental guidelines for the presentation of dissertations (e.g. in the formatting of footnotes and bibliographies). In each case, copyright resides with the author and all rights are reserved.
|Sophia Corcut||The Female Gaze in late-Victorian London: a study of homosocial behaviours in the West End department store, and in the Woman's Magazine|
|Rory Davidson||Malinche and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega: the dynamics of cultural contact and the role of the intermediary in early colonial Spanish America|
|Sophie De Menthon||Forced migration and social disruption: perceptions of and reactions to the evacuation of Basque children to Britain|
|Jack Dillon||Scoping in on lions: an investigation of the role of the lion and the hunter in African hunting narratives, 1802-1930
Winner of the 'Best dissertation of 2010' prize.
|Naomi Hill||Contested sites of Memory: Segregated space and the physical legacy of the Troubles in North Belfast’s interface communities|
|Sophie Hryniewicz||New religious movements as protest: Can new social movement theory be used to understand The Emin as a protest of identity?|
|Robert Kellaway||Re-examining the Battle of Saltley Gate: interpretations of leadership, violence and legacy|
|Stephen McMeikan||The TUC and black workers, 1968-1976|
|Allan Paltzer||the Red Army Faction and a uniquely German problem: the war against capitalism and the continuity of fascism within the Federal Republic of Germany|
|Sophie Rigg||Rural France, war experience and memory, the relationship between the past and present: a microhistory|
|Azita Shamsolahi||A 1960s campaign to save an aboriginal reserve: Lake Tyers in Victoria, Australia|
|Simon Shaw||Moors in Mesoamerica: the impact of Al-Andalus in the New World|
|Rory Sherington||'Playing a losing game': failure and the limits of empire on China's West River|
|Adrianna Tames||To what extent did difference in place influence children’s coping strategies in the ghettos? With reference to Lodz, Theresienstadt, Vilna and Warsaw|
|Fionn Travers-Smith||The role of ideology in a terror state: Democratic Kampuchea, 1975-1978|
|Sean Trend||Cold War tourism? The convergence of politics and travel in Germany, 1945-1990|