This term is always the busiest for history students, and unfortunately for us the busiest week is the last. While everyone else has handed in their final projects for the term and taking a bit of break before revision kicks in, the history department have given us two essays in one week!
Unfortunately, as this has kept me so busy, I’ve not had chance to do much else in the last couple of weeks so here’s a blog about my essays!
The first one is about women’s history in 19th century America and my question concerns the prescribed ideals and how closely this fit in with reality. It’s a really interesting topic, and this time I’m even finding the historiography interesting! I can bring in examples from lots of areas of 19th century American history for this essay, which makes it quite exciting! I am going to struggle to fit all of the information in 2,500 words though.
The second one is about films and how they represent the holocaust. I’m considering The Grey Zone and The Pianist. They are both very moving films but I certainly would not recommend them for some light viewing! It’s interesting to see how they both represent the holocaust differently, despite being made around the same time, and consider how films are now popular history and many individuals are now learning their history from mediums such as film. This essay is, however, going to be a grim way to end the term!
Wish me luck!