Best Undergraduate Dissertations 2020

Since 2009 the Department of History at the University of Bristol has published the best of the annual dissertations produced by our final-year undergraduates. We do so in recognition of the excellent research undertaken by our students, which is a cornerstone of our degree programme. As a department, we are committed to the advancement of historical knowledge and to research of the highest order. Our undergraduates are part of that endeavour.

Listed below are the the best of this year’s undergraduate history dissertations, with links to the dissertations themselves where these are available. Please note 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 (eg in the formatting of footnotes and bibliographies). In each case, copyright resides with the author and all rights are reserved. 



'Best dissertation' prize
Anya Chatterjee

I seen folks disappeah: An assessment of the meaning and function of the ‘Flying African’ folklore to the Gullah people of Georgia‌ 2020 Chaterjee (PDF, 627kB)

Winner of the 'Best History dissertation of 2020' prize

Prize-winning rosette
Rebecca Charlotte Bealing An Affair Cloaked in Secrecy: The Cold War Relationship Between the BBC and the Information Research Department 2020 Bealing (PDF, 531kB)  
Iris Best ‘What my mother taught me’: An exploration of the maternal experience in the ghetto and its impact on attitudes and behaviours in motherhood after the war 2020 Best (PDF, 488kB)  
Gabriel Locke ‘Carry Forward the TAZARA Spirit’: Experience and Legacies of a Railway in Contemporary Zambia   
Arthur McFarlane Did you hear the one about Stalin’s mother and the N.K.V.D.? Jokes, Popular Opinion, and Personal Relationships in the U.S.S.R. (1924-1953) 2020 McFarlane (PDF, 368kB)  
Zoe Ella Peters An exploration of the role of Christian women in the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain c.1970-1990 2020 Peters (PDF, 469kB)  
Dexter Plato Making Merry and Destructive Drinking: Uncovering Peasant Drunkenness in England, 1552-1606 2020 Plato (PDF, 468kB)  


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