Past Papers

Past papers have covered a vast array of historical topics, which can be found below. Some of the talks have also been recorded, and are available to listen to via the links provided.

25 May 2022: “The Cultural Change of British Military Officers, 1660-1714” – Michalis Konnaris, MLitt Student 

6 April 2022: “Territorial Decline, Medical Science, and the Swedish Racial Hygiene Movement, 1912-1939” – Natalie Smith, PhD Candidate 

16 February 2022: “Jean-Baptiste Colbert’s Navy in the Franco-Dutch War (1672-8)” – Benoit Gaume, PhD Student 

“Strategy and Coalition Planning Framework in the Great War (1914-8)” – Sofya Anisimova, PhD Candidate 

26 January 2022: “From Prussia with Love: Library Catalogues and Princely Self-Fashioning in Late-Seventeenth Century Königsberg” – Zachary Brookman, MLitt Student

11 December 2019: ‘“A spark of heit and miscontentment:” Bloodfeud in the Scots-Dutch Brigade, c. 1574-1630′ – Jack Abernethy, PhD Candidate

‘Entertaining the Populations with Enemies’ Music: The Performance Practices and the Concert Hall Reception of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the London Symphony Orchestra during the First World War’ – Percy Leung, PhD Candidate

20 November 2019: ‘Huguenot gazettes & propaganda during the Nine Years War, 1688-1697’ – Panagiotis Georgakakis, PhD Candidate

16 October 2019:Blue Blood and Blue Collars: Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia in the United States, 1929-1939′ – Jonathan Triffit, PhD Candidate

‘The Dutch Politics during the late 19th century. The case of Abraham Kuyper’ – Solange Ploeg

18 September, 2019:Assessing Stuart Colonisation: The Cases of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and East New Jersey’ – Joseph Wagner, PhD Candidate

12 December, 2018: ‘Muzzling the King: Monarchy by Popular Instruction in the 1790s’ – Amy Westwell, PhD Candidate

‘The Fable of the Frogs: Late Jacobite Conceptions of Monarchy’ – Cailean Gallager, PhD Candidate

‘The Media-Kaiser Abdicates: Early Weimar Intellectuals’ Evaluation of Wilhelm II’s Role as a Press Figure, 1918-1922′ – Per Rolandsson, PhD Candidate

14 November 2018: ‘Rethinking the ‘Sciences of State’: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Political and Scientific Thought in Europe’ – Adam Dunn, PhD Candidate

‘Rhetorics of Asylum in Germany, 1982-1998’ – Constantin Eckner, PhD Candidate

17 October 2018: ‘The Architect of Victory: Lord Castlereagh and the Defeat of Napoleon’ ~ Toby White, M.Litt Candidate, Modern History

19 September 2018: ‘ The Historical Politics of Volney’s Leçons d’histoire 1795′ – Dr. Minchul Kim

‘Archbishop Maguire, the Glasgow Catholic Socialist Society and Red Clydeside’ – Dr Piotr Pitocki

8 May 2018: ‘A Family Affair: Re-evaluating Travel as Group Experience in the Early Nineteenth Century’ – Sophie Drescher, PhD Candidate

‘Statistics, the Universe and Everything: A History of an emerging science from the mid seventeenth to the early nineteenth century’ – Adam Dunn, PhD Candidate

16 April, 2018: ‘An Act of Charity Against An Act of Wickedness: Prostitutes, Nuns, and Jews in Seventeenth Century Florence’ – Dr. Gillian Jack 

7 March, 2018: ‘The Doctrine of Jihad in British India’ – Matthew Robinson, MLitt Middle Eastern History

23 October 2018: ‘Extra-European Research Opportunities: China’ – Christina Simmons, PhD Candidate

‘Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships’ – James Inglis, PhD Candidate

6 November 2017: ”A Perfect and Faithful Record’: Interrogating the Image in Institutional Case Notes’ – Morag Allen Campbell, PhD Candidate

”Give Us Beethoven and Wagner’: The Popularity of German Music in Britain During the First World War’ – Percy Leung, PhD Candidate

10 April 2017: ‘John Muir: Peripatetic, Preservationist & Provoker of a PhD Pilgrimage’ – Jamie Hinrichs, PhD Candidate 

‘Reading dead peoples’ mail: the historian and her subject’ – Kimberly Sherman, PhD Candidate

4 April 2017: ‘Russkij Berlin, Russkij Parizh: Russian Emigration in Berlin and Paris after the First World War’ –  Constantin Eckner, PhD Candidate 

‘Agrarian Capitalism and the culture of improvement: Representations of work in 16th and 17th Century English Agrarian Literature’ – Esben Bøgh Sørensen

‘Rebuilding the Past: Digital Reconstructions and Early Modern History’ – Dr. Bess Rhodes

6 March 2017: MLitt Dissertation Skills Session

13 February 2017: ‘Travels, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution: the case of Volney’ – Minchul Kim

23 January 2017 (Special Event):Remembering Burns: Myths and Memorialisations of the poetry of Robert Burns” featuring

‘Burns Night and Scottish imperialism in the 19th century’ – Sean Murphy

‘The Bard’s legacy and Scottish political parties in the 20th century’ – Paul Malgrati

‘Burns and the Chinese Makars: Scots poetry and translation’ – Garry MacKenzie

3 October, 2016:  ‘E. W. Lane and the Medical Missionary’ – Min Bae

25 April 2016:  ‘The Wastes of Corn’ and the ‘Cursed Hill’: Representations of Salisbury Plain in Political and Economic Debates’Paul Moorhouse

‘Development of spatial perceptions of British agents around the Persian Gulf 1850-1930’Hatem Alshaikh-Mubarak

11 April 2016:  ‘Mapping Memories of the Tokushima Air Raids’Austin Smith, PhD Candidate 

15 February 2016: ‘Religious life in the Łódź ghetto through the lens of Menachem Oppenheim’s Diary’ Jack Woods, PhD Candidate 

‘From Mars to the Ends of the Earth: Dundee and World, 1869-1915’Matthew Ylitlao, PhD Candidate

9 November 2015: ‘Gone with the Tide: The Environmental Evolution of a Southern Rice Plantation’Kimberly Sherman, PhD Candidate