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Learning Lessons of History: Important And Interesting History Research Paper Topics

Learning Lessons of History: Important And Interesting History Research Paper Topics

Sometimes history can seem stale and boring since every modern day offers opportunities and events that no one could ever dream of before. But actually, every event in the present has its counterpart in the past; and what’s more, it already has its solution, whether successful or not. So by knowing more about old days we can know better what happens in front of our eyes, and how it can impact our future.

So if you get assigned a history research paper, so not panic.  We offer you a range of interesting topics that will not only be interesting and relatively easy to write about (due to plenty of materials available) but will also enrich your understanding of what happens around you.

So decide upon which kind of research paper you are going to write (read our blog post on that topic) and start.

Topics related to the US history

The American history may not be that long but it features both turmoil and bright times that serve as an example to the world. Its history can be divided in stages according to eras, and each stage features its particular conflicts and highlights. The Revolution has its causes and effects. Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are a separate topic since they were examples followed in the rest of the world. Controversial relations with Native American tribes, slavery, the Civil War, the Roaring 20s, the decision of the US to enter WWII and the following times of prosperity – each aspect is rich in lessons. Pick one of the aspects and write. Below are some examples worth your attention.

  1. Relations of newly born American nation and Native American tribes before and after 1832. Causes, processes, implications.
  2. Puritans, ‘witch hunt’ and economy. What stood behind witchcraft cases and what implication did it have for the whole community?
  3. How role of women in Native American societies changed after the arrival of European settlers and their traditions and views?
  4. Founding Fathers and inspiration behind the Declaration of Independence.
  5. War over Texas: parties, causes, goals and outcomes.
  6. Gold Rush. What changes did it bring into the US mode of life, economy, and how did it contribute to development of individual states?
  7. Purchasing of Alaska. Why did that happen and what implication did it have?
  8. Oil boom and new money vs. old money.
  9. How the North and the South of USA differed before the civil war and how it influenced the events to follow.
  10. Haitian Rebellion. Causes, results, impact.
  11. Civil War and African American soldiers: why they joined in (and if they were permitted).
  12. First labor unions and their effects. Did they improve life of people forming them?
  13. Immigration to the USA in the 1800. Unwanted intruders vs. ‘melting pot’ concept.
  14. Child labor and stages of its regulation and consecutive banning.
  15. WWI. How the US got involved. When isolationism gave way to global participation.
  16. The Great Depression: how it changed approach to social policies.
  17. Suffrage, flappers, women’s rights. How politics, culture and fashion fused to free women.
  18. Prohibition and its outcomes. Did it reach its goal?
  19. WWII. Initial and following stands the US took in regard to the war.
  20. The Cold War. Is it being reignited? What features of it are obvious in the world policy today?

Topics covering the world history

The world history is more captivating than the best movie or comics. You just need to pay more attention to it.  Europe as the cradle of Western civilization, Middle East and Asia as home of mysterious people who gave the world plenty of inventions and discoveries that we use today without a second thought, Africa with its deserts and lush jungles – each place has its history and is worth exploration. Maybe, after learning a bit more about past times you will better understand the modern times – or even find a solution to some of troubles that bother us. Below are some examples worth your attention and your writing.

  1. The Westphalian Peace Treaty and its significance. Nation states.
  2. The French Revolution. Stages, ending, outcomes. Did it really change the world?
  3. The Industrial Revolution:  its voice still reverberates today.
  4. The Crusade of Children: goals and outcomes.
  5. African countries in the 15-18 centuries, trade, cultures, interactions with other world.
  6. Colonies and impact of colonization. The example of the SAR today.
  7. The golden years of Roman Empire. Art, culture, politics.
  8. The Mughals and their impact in India.
  9. The Safavids and cultural influence they had.
  10. The Ottoman Empire at its heyday.
  11. Portugal and its role in seafaring.
  12. Afghanistan before the clerical revolution and return to conservatism.
  13.  Reformation and the split of Christianity.
  14. Two Koreas: why, when, how one country split into two.
  15.  Japan and its economic miracle after WWII: role of the USA.

Topics that spark controversy among researchers

History is not that coherent and historians are not unanimous in evaluating events and facts that from the past. Some events can be evaluated as beneficial by one side and as crimes or inacceptable behavior by other. Some events still need re-evaluation and uncovering of hidden facts. You can also wet your feet in this fascinating dispute. Feel like a real historian looking back and deciding whether it was good or bad, and if it could be done differently. We offer some controversial topics for you to see that history has its white spots and slippery slopes, and so it is all the more important to get back to them and have one more look.  

  1. Winston Churchill: legends and truth about him.
  2. Israel undercover operations on bringing war criminals to court: ethical and juridical considerations.
  3. Guantanamo. Facts and myths. Were there other solutions along running a hidden prison?
  4. Reaction of the USA to 9/11: could it be different?
  5. Borrowing of Greek culture by Romans: who conquered whom?
  6. JFK murder: is the investigation considered satisfactory?
  7. World dictators: why are they treated as legally valid representatives of their states if they act undemocratically?
  8. Impeached US Presidents. Reasons of impeachment.
  9. Middle Ages and their depiction in modern imagination.
  10. Immigration policy now and then. What changed and what did not?
  11. Bloody Code of England: its roots, goals and outcomes. Analogies (if any) with contemporary justice and penalty system.
  12. Should the US sign a new nuclear deal with Iran? On what conditions?
  13. Should the USA withdraw from NATO? Why or why not?
  14.  Martin Luther King and his legacy. Did his dream come true?  
  15. Nelson Mandela and his fight. Violent vs. non violent combat for a political cause. 

What’s next? Sources, of course!

Now that you have decided upon the topic you need enough information to explore it properly. You need books, journals and reliable websites that offer both facts and their interpretation by scholars. Only by using facts and the way they fit into a larger picture you can create a thorough and compelling historic paper. Where to find sources? Begin with your college library. It should be enough. If not, try searching other web databases for books or try accessing free scholarly articles on your topic. Just remember that they should be recent and reliable.

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