Military History Dissertation Ideas

Military History Dissertation.

#1Postby Prm » Mon 18 Feb, 2008 1:10 pm

Good Afternoon Gents,

Just a quick introduction about myself. I am currently a 2nd year student studying Contemporary Military and International History at Salford University, Manchester. One of my modules for this semester is to come up with a dissertation question that we will write next year, containing atleast 12,000 words.

Now I come here to ask you guys for a little inspiration. If you were in my position what would you write about? Personally I have thought about writing about the Battle of Spion Kop during the Anglo-Boer war of 1899-1902, but I've conclduded that to be able to write a 12,000 word essay on any topic will require extensive sources. As such I plan on writing about a more contemporary topic, specifically an urban warfare incident that occured during World War 2, not necessarily on the Western front.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Yours gratefully,

Last edited by Prm on Mon 18 Feb, 2008 2:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.

10 Military History Dissertation Ideas From A Professional Writer

When attempting to write a military history dissertation, the process of picking a topic to cover can be a daunting task. Take a look at this list of dissertation ideas composed by a professional writer to help you get started.

  1. World War I
    • Evaluate and discuss the events behind the start of the first World War, whether it be the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, previous wars, or various other factors
    • Identify the party or parties that were responsible for the launching and continuation of the war and how they were responsible
    • Explain why there was so much underlying tension between the European nations in the early 20th century and how this eventually led to a breaking point
    • Touch on Franz Ferdinand’s assassination; try to place a reasonable explanation behind Gavrilo Princip’s motives behind Ferdinand’s murder
    • Evaluate the outcome of the war and whether or not it achieved anything for the parties involved.
  2. Mussolini’s Reign of Italy And World War II
    • Explain who Mussolini was, when he came to power, and how he came to power in Italy
    • Acknowledge the effect he had on the people of Italy; was he popular with the people? Did they agree with his viewpoints and leadership style?
    • Discuss Mussolini’s fascist ways and how he was able to come to power so easily and quickly
    • Explain his mistake in siding with the Nazi regime during World War II; what was the outcome and what could have been done to prevent it?
    • Evaluate his reign; was he successful? How did he benefit the Italian people? How did he harm them?
  3. Nazi Germany, Hitler, and World War II
    • Describe Hitler’s rise to power; how did he get there? How was he able to rise to power so quickly? What was the public’s opinion of him?
    • How did Hitler manipulate the German people?
    • Explain how the country was in a weakened state and in need of a strong leader in the glum days after World War I.
    • How did the Nazi regime affect not only Germany but all of Europe, and the rest of the world?
    • Discuss Hitler’s personal and internal conflicts that contributed to his incentives for the massive genocide that occurred.
    • In what ways was Hitler successful? In what ways did he fail?
    • Explain why he was able to stay in power for so long.
    • What happened in 1939 that changed Hitler’s success in the handling of domestic affairs
    • What were the incentives behind Poland’s invasion in 1939?
    • Discuss the overall effect that Hitler’s reign had on both Germany as well as the rest of the world.
  4. World War II
    • Discuss the events that led to the launch of the second World War.
    • In what ways did World War II differ from World War I?
    • Explain the original intent of the war
    • What was the reason behind the United States’ delayed entry in the war?
    • List the countries involved and the alliances that were made.
    • Discuss the turning point in the war and the “key event” that led to the overall outcome
    • Acknowledge the point in 1941 when the German’s success came to a halt
    • Describe the large impact that the United States had on the war, and why.
    • Explain what changed upon the entry of the United States
    • Discuss the winding down of the war and the official outcome.
  5. Napoleon III
    • Introduce Napoleon III; discuss who he was and how he came to power
    • What was his military policy?
    • How did he put his policy into effect?
    • Discuss his intentions; did he intend to harshly rule the people of France, or liberate them?
    • Touch on the main problems that he faced when coming into power. Was he able to overcome any of them?
    • Acknowledge Napoleon III’s significance in the Crimean War
    • Describe how his authoritarian ruling style differed from the previous French Emperors
    • What were the principles behind Napoleon III’s foreign policy? How were they implemented?
    • Describe the events that led to his demise. Could these events and this outcome have been prevented? Should they have been prevented?
  6. Italian Unification
    • Describe what the Italian Unification was.
    • Did this benefit the Italian people and government?
    • List the main causes for this event
    • What were the problems that came about after the unification, and how were they solved?
    • Was the unification conducted for the purpose of economics or foreign policy? Perhaps both?
    • Discuss the impact that this event had on the Vienna system
    • Identify Cavour and his part in the unification.
    • Why and how had Italy existed for such a long time before the unification?
    • Discuss the success of the unification and the events that followed as a result
  7. German Unification
    • Discuss the reasons behind the unification
    • Explain whether the unification was beneficial to the German people or not
    • Was the unification inevitable?
    • In what ways was the unification beneficial for German liberals?
    • Explain what the Schleswig Holstein crisis was and how it was related to the German unification
    • What was the importance of Bismarck to this event?
    • Discuss whether or not the unification was a success for the German people
    • Touch on the things that the unification failed to make an impact on.
  8. Stalin’s Reign On Russia
    • Describe who Stalin was
    • How did he come to power? When did he come to power?
    • Discuss problems that Russia was facing when he came to power and how he addressed them
    • In what ways did Stalin intend to alter Russia for the better?
    • Describe Stalin’s leadership style and approach. Was it effective?
    • What was the public’s opinion regarding Stalin?
    • Compare the differences between communism and fascism. In this way, compare the leading styles of Hitler and Stalin.
    • In what ways was Stalin successful? In what ways did he fail?
    • How and why did communism spread throughout the world?
  9. The Crimean War
    • What was the Crimean War? How and when did it occur?
    • Discuss the causes of the war
    • Acknowledge the most important event in the war
    • Describe why the Crimean War is known as a “modern” war
    • List the effects that the war had on the world
    • What role did religion play in the Crimean war?
    • How, when, and why did the war end?
  10. The Vietnam War
    • Discuss the events that led to the launching of the vietnam war
    • How and when did the war begin?
    • Who was involved in the war?
    • Describe the public’s opinion of the war.
    • How did the war affect American citizens?
    • Evaluate why the majority of the American public was extremely displeased with the war
    • How, when, and why did the war come to an end?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *