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MA Graduate Research Topics (Taught Courses)

Work by 2015 graduates

Work by 2014 graduates

Work by 2013 graduates

Work by previous graduates

Work by 2015 Graduates

  • What is the interface between court life and busy public sphere in Georgian Britain 1760-1810?
  • Confessional Identity and Historical Consciousness in Pre-Revolutionary New England, and the currency of the term ‘Puritan’
  • How can we use the records of the Old Bailey to understand the social concerns caused by ‘Madam Geneva’ in the Eighteenth Century?
  • How Did Knowledge About Chloroform Transfer from the Scientific Sphere to the Public Sphere from 1847 – 1917?
  • Being a Jewish Man in Early Twentieth Century England
  • The Commonwealthsmen and the English Republican Cause, 1649-1659.
  • The Early Modern Family, Conduct Literature and the Works of William Gouge, c.1570- c.1660.
  • Who Goes There?” Storming the Ivory Tower – an analysis of the early decades of female higher education
  • ‘One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world’: Discourses on Malala Yusofzai and Reproducing Colonial History
  • Jane Austen’s Juvenilia and the Experience of Female Education in England 1775-1810
  • How did war impact upon smuggling, and smuggling upon war? A study of smuggling during the Austrian War of Seccession and the American War of Independence
  • To what extent can an analysis of Elizabethan court culture provide a new perspective on the political and social influence of elite women?
  • EATING INDIGÈNE: FOOD, HUNGER AND (POST-) COLONIAL GOVERNANCE IN FRANCE AND NORTH AFRICA, 1830-2011
  • ‘Comed República’: Nutritional Status, Entitlement Relations, and the Experience of Hunger in Republican and Francoist Spain, 1931 to 1952.
  • RIGHT AND REVEREND: CHRISTIAN CLERGY AND SUPPORT FOR FASCISM IN BRITAIN BETWEEN THE WARS
  • HOW DID PUBLIC ATTITUDES TO PROSTITUTION CHANGE IN THE WAKE OF THE WOLFENDEN REPORT?
  • British Emigration to South Africa: The female experience 1901-1907
  • A Comparative Study of Antebellum South Carolina and Virginia
  • From Riot to Reform: The Nature of the British Administration in Hong Kong, 1965-1980.
  • War Trophies from Colonial India and British Masculinity, 1790-1890
  • An ‘educational’ or ‘parental’ relationship: psycho-pathology, pedagogy and corporal punishment in English schools, c.1945-1986
  • Blurring the Lines Between Sickness and Health: The Evolution of the Ideas of Medicalization and Patient Identity as Illuminated by the Use of Home Genetic Testing Kits
  • Euthanasia in Britain: The Biography
  • ‘Under official and expert discussion’: An examination of the social status of expert scientists in Britain through a study of media portrayals of the benzodiazepines crisis, 1960-1990
  • The Reformations of Reginald Pole: A reconsideration of early modern Catholicism in Italy and Marian England
  • ‘To do, to be, to suffer’: Shoulder to Shoulder (1974) and the historicising of the Women’s Social and Political Union tactics
  • ‘Vietnam was a war not a movie’: Responses to Vietnam War Films


Work by 2014 Graduates


  • ''Who cares about homosexuality?" African American identity and homosexuality in Harlem between 1925 and 1930
  • Protest and Survive: The Visual Culture of anti-nuclear movements in 1980s Britain
  • Depiction of Women in Indian Mainstream Cinema: A study of Partition 1947 through the writings of Saadat Hasan Manto
  • You can't marry a men you just met: postfeminist constructions of gender in Disney and Pixar 2010s fairy tales
  • The Romanian Truth Commission: Whose Truth is it Anyway?
  • The changing nature of, and attitudes towards, homosexual treatment: Britain, 1950-1970
  • Reel Britannia: 1980's British Cinema and Thatcherism
  • Religion, Town and People in St Albans, 1480-1580
  • 'Culture conflict': Immigration, 'race relations' and psychiatry in postwar Britain
  • Can't we DO IT OURSELVES? Health and citizenship in British reconstruction, 1944-50
  • Bleeding Lunatics: Medical discourse on bloodletting for the treatment of mental disorders
  • AIDS in India’ and ‘India in Global AIDS’: Discourses of Global Health in Medical Journals, 1986 - 2003
  • A Comparative Study the Suffragette Hunger Strikes in England and Ireland, 1909-1914
  • Becoming a man in Early Modern Britain: personal experiences of masculinity, c1660-1700
  • Villain or Victim? The Impact of Child Psychology on Perceptions of Juvenile Delinquency in C20th Britain
  • Colombian Cinema: from the industry to the construction of history
  • Health advice for the Traveller: Female Emigration to British Colonies in the Late Nineteenth Century
  • TOWARDS A SYNTHESIS OF THE PRACTICAL AND THE THEORETICAL IN LATE EIGHTEENTH AND EARLY NINETEENTH-CENTURY GEOLOGY: RECONSIDERING THE LIFE AND WORK OF WILLIAM SMITH, “THE FATHER OF ENGLISH GEOLOGY”
  • Corruption in Coventry at the Local Political Level, 1660-1742
  • ‘The German Army in Dinant 1914-1918: Invasion, Occupation & Memory’
  • The Eugenics Society on the Race Question, 1933-1968
  • Annie Besant and her role in the Indian nationalist movement

Work by 2013 Graduates


  • Between Comedy and Tragedy: Niceto de Zamacois's Imagined Mexico and Spanish Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century
  • 'Shadows bretay you because they belong to me'; Christopher Nolan's Batman triology and the ideological functioning of persistent auterism
  • 'A slum sport played in slum stadiums': 1980s football culture, politics and the Hillsborough Disaster
  • Women's contribution to the public life of early modern Coventry
  • Liang Qichao's Reforms, Nationals and Nationalism: Revisiting the Fall of the Qing and New Qing History
  • Conceptions of the Idiot in the Seventeenth Century
  • Paris in the American Jazz Imagination
  • Drinking in Restoration London: The World of the Tavern in the Diary of Samuel Pepys
  • Public Foetus/Private Discourse : Uncovering the 'Public Foetus' in Britain 1967-2000
  • ‘Beamed directly to the children’: School Broadcasting and Sex Education in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s
  • The Rabbit Riots of Cannock chase: investigating order and disorder on Cannock chase, 1735-1812
  • Jazz and Dance Music in Britain, 1930-1961: The British Musicians' Union and the international pursuit to protect the domestic musician
  • Antichrist and The Brats of Babylon: 1558-1642
  • Birth Control and Eugenics: Case Studies of Dr Marie Stopes and Dr Carlos Paton Blacker
  • Lady Anne Newdigate and the agency of the gentlewoman in English politics and society, 1575-1618
  • Immigration and Stress in America; 1900 - 1980
  • Murder or Maleficium? Infant involvement in witchcraft in early modern England
  • Sexual Identities in the Era of Earl Lind
  • The World at Her Fingertips: Female masturbation, sexuality and popular culture from 1970
  • The Thankful Villages in National Context, 1918-2014
  • Henrician Naval Policy and its Influence on the Elizabethan Institution
  • 'Where Is the Love?' A Content Analysis of Misogyny in Popular Rap Music 1990-2010
  • Now They Are Made Sacred: Grief, Bereavement and Religious Iconography in the Memorialisation of the First World War
  • Health advice for the Traveller: Female Emigration to British Colonies in the Late Nineteenth Century Health advice for the Traveller: Female Emigration to British Colonies in the Late Nineteenth Century
  • Survey of the Anglo-American Trans-Atlantic Puritan Community: 1630-53
  • Toleration in law and practice: the struggle over religious freedom in Interregnum England, 1649-60
  • The Experience of the Handicapped Child in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century: Locating a Hidden Story
  • ‘A silly woman is a tragedy’; the role of Girls’ Clubs in shaping the bodies, minds and futures of girls and young women c.1918-1939.
  • The Interaction between Woman and Porcelain in China between 1550 and 1750


Work by Previous Graduates

  • Collecting Knowledge?; Commerce, Correspondence, and the Material Culture of Science in William Constable's Cabinet c. 1750-1791 (Supervisor: Steve Hindle)
  • Artistic Visions: The Graphic Satirists and the 'Other' in the Late Eighteenth Century, 1775-1820 (Supervisors: Sarah Richardson/Claudia Stein)
  • A Consideration of the Critical Contribution of Women to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955-6 (Supervisor: Roger Fagge)
  • British Propoganda during the Malayan Emergency (Supervisor: Patrick Major)
  • The Introduction of Internment in Northern Ireland: The British Perspective. (Supervisor: Maria Luddy)
  • Teaching the Noble Art:Geographical Didatic Literature in England, c.1570 - 1700 (Supervisor: Maxine Berg)
  • The Bishop and the "Warrior": The Relationship Between Protestant Christianity and Perceptions of Africa in Late Post Emancipation Jamaica, 1880-1914 (Supervisor: Gad Heuman)
  • Symbolising Slavery: The Narrative of Sojourner Truth and the Female Slave Experience (Supervisor: Rebecca Earle)
  • Narratives of Identity: A Study of the Evolution of Black Indians in the United States (Supervisor: Gad Heuman)
  • Why a Million Men Marched: An Analysis of Politics, Identity, and the Million Man March (Supervisor: Rebecca Earle)
  • 'Coventry Irish'; Community, Class, Culture and Narrative in Irish Migrants to Coventry 1938-1970 (Supervisor: Selina Todd)
  • Gentlemanly Capitalism Without Imperialism; The Anglo-Persian Oil Company and Persia, 1901-1926.
  • Alehouse Sociability and the Formation of Social Identity in Early Modern England (Supervisor: Steve Hindle)
  • The Momentum of Obedience: The Cultivation of an Ideology of Loyalty in the Tudor Regime (Supervisor: Steve Hindle)
  • Re-thinking Remedies for Women: Consumption, Regulation and Female Pills, 1850-1914 (Supervisor: Hilary Marland)
  • Dr Martin Lister, F.R.S (c.1639 - 1712) naturalist and philosopher (Supervisor: Claudia Stein)
  • Seeing What You Know: The Social Construction of Tonsilitis in Twentieth Century Britain. (Supervisor: Claudia Stein)
  • 'Help Seasonably Supplied'? The Allocation of Convalescent Charity and the Samaritan Society, London Hospital, 1883-99 (Supervisor: Hilary Marland)
  • Politics of Custom: Enclosure and the Local Experience of Social Change in Seventeenth-Century England (Supervisor: Steve Hindle)
  • An Analysis of Slave Abolitionists in the North West of England (Supervisor: Sarah Richardson)
  • A Sensible Reformation: The senses and liturgical life in Tudor England (Supervisor: Peter Marshall)
  • Sex signs: Transexuality and the Languages of Male and Female in the UK and USA, 1950-2000. (Supervisor: Mathew Thomson)
  • 'Not one black was spared that fell into their hands': North Carolina's reaction to the Nat Turner Rebellion. (Supervisor: Tim Lockley)
  • The Negotiation and Fashioning of Female Honour in Early Modern London, 1560-1690. (Supervisor: Bernard Capp)
  • Design Network: 18th Century Ceramics (Supervisor: Maxine Berg)
  • The Duke of York and the British Army in the Low Countries, 1793-95. (Supervisor: Patrick Major)
  • Change, Identity and the Lambada Community (Supervisor: David Hardiman)
  • 'I come of to highe a bloode to be a roague for I am kynge of the Realme'. Representations and perceptions of imposters in early modern England. (Supervisor: Bernard Capp)
  • The Female touch: Women Healers, Touch and Medicine, 1890-1950. (Supervisor: Hilary Marland)
  • Women of Britain come into the Factories: A comparison of female munitions workers during World War One and World War Two. (Supervisor: Carolyn Steedman)
  • Paying for Progress: Politics, Ethnicity and Schools in a Mexican Sierra, 1875-1930 (Supervisor: Guy Thomson)
  • Dillusion before Disollusion? Religious Houses and Society in Early 16th Century Warwickshire, 1500-1540. (Supervisor: Peter Marshall)
  • Lower Class Leisure in the Low Country, 1700-1775. (Supervisor: Tim Lockley)
  • Mountbatten and the Partition of India (Supervisor: David Hardiman)
  • The Disenchantment of the World? Reclaiming Ghosts in English Society, c. 1660-1800 (Supervisor: Peter Marshall)
  • Sharing Intimacies: Men's Stories of Love and the Divorce Reform Debates in Mid-Twentieth Century England (Supervisor: Carolyn Steedman)
  • The Conscience of the Community? The Character and Development of clerical complaint in Early Modern England (Supervisor: Steve Hindle)
  • Landscape of Reform: Place, Race, and the Mexican Population of Greater Los Angeles, 1890-1940. (Supervisor: Guy Thomson)
  • 'A Century of Care': The Birmingham and Midland hospital for Women, 1870-1971. (Supervisor: Hilary Marland)
  • The Political World of the English Broadside Ballad 1640-1689. (Supervisor: Bernard Capp)
  • Landownership and Estate Management in Lincolnshire: the Brownlows of Belton and the Carres of Sleaford and Aswarby. (Supervisor: Steve Hindle)