A Political Science Dissertation: Where History Meets Politics
It is a well-known fact that the best way of gaining experience and knowledge is to analyze and learn by examples of others. When it comes to social sciences, where a single wrong step can lead to frustration of thousands (if not millions) of people, it is especially important to study past experience.
Fortunately, history provides us with a brilliant historic example – namely the Roman state. Starting from 753 BC it experienced periods of a constitutional monarchy, democratic republic, dictatorship, absolutism, and feudal state until it was finally crushed by ottomans in the early modern era. Is it not a good field to study in your political science dissertation?
Perhaps the greatest advantage of dedicating your political science thesis to the historical forms of government is that this way you clearly show you are a well-educated and cultured person. Indeed, history of the Roman state gives us a large research field and issues to discuss in a politics dissertation. What is the use of studying obsolete governments? – you may think. Here we will provide you with a range of extremely topical themes in order to explain you this and help you prepare your political science dissertation.
- It is known that the very first form of Roman government was much like modern constitutional monarchies with the only exception: Roman kings were elective. Thus, studying their experience, you can offer in your political science thesis ways to make European monarchies even more transparent than they are.
- Consider the period of the Roman Empire, for instance. Initially, it was disguised by a facade of republic with emperors being not more than “the first citizens of the Republic”. The way a democratic state turns into dictatorship, keeping the formalities of democracy, is extremely topical for Third World countries. Therefore, your political science dissertation can propose useful political techniques for Asian and African countries.
There are a number of other dissertation topics hidden beneath the dusts of Roman history. Hopefully, they will become a topic for another article about politics dissertations.