Dissertation topic

1. History

2. Module:

Machiavelli’s World: Political Ideology from Renaissance to Revolution

This seminar will trace the development of modern political ideologies out of a variety of contexts in the early modern world. A wide range of key authors will be considered, from Machiavelli, Luther and Erasmus to Hobbes, Rousseau, Voltaire and Paine. Their texts will be used to examine topics such as the relationship of church and state, the role of morality in politics, ideologies of imperialism, the growth of natural and international law, the rise of the media in politics, and the idea of popular sovereignty.

3. 8,000 words maximum.

4. Ideas for title/topic for the period.

Any thoughts?

I was thinking of something to bring in blogging. I know it has been done in the past, but I am sure I could find a unique line on the development of media during the 18th century and the development of blogging in the 21st century.

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2 thoughts on “Dissertation topic”

  1. I’m sure you’ve considered this but, you could draw a parallel between the advent of the movable printing press and blogging. Especially with a view to contemporary developments in; “the rise of the media in politics, and the idea of popular sovereignty”.

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