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A list of unusual historical topics for a research paper

Do not let your research paper be dull, instead be unusual with one of these topics:

  • Henry VIII and Philip II: Multiple Wives
  • A Change in Tune
  • The Trenches of World War I
  • South African Diamonds
  • The Death of Socrates

Henry VIII and Philip II: Multiple Wives

Both King Henry VIII of England and King Philip II of Spain had multiple wives. Why was this so? Did the two kings differ in their reasons for needing to remarry so many times? Research the times of England and Spain during the reign of these two kings and compare their many marriages and the cause leading to each one. Was one king more justified than the other in marrying so many times?

A Change in Tune

Music has changed drastically over the centuries. Why? What is the history behind these changes in tune? Research the history of music and what lead the changes in tune. Discuss how each one became popular and why some, like classical, are still being listened to today. Will the famous music of now be forgotten in years to come?

The Trenches of World War I

Research the view point of World War I from the trenches where the soldiers fought. Examine the structure of the trenches and the living conditions of the soldiers. Discuss the times when soldiers from both sides agreed to a ceasefire, especially during the time of Christmas. Why were these ceasefires made? Did the soldiers fighting the war have a different outlook than the citizens at home? What is the public opinion of today regarding the trenches the soldiers had to live in?

South African Diamonds

South Africa is the top area of production for diamonds. Was South Africa always the leader in the diamond world? What is the history of the South African diamonds? Research and discuss the history of how the diamond industry built up in South Africa. Has this industry done anything for the South African nations?

The Death of Socrates

Socrates was a famous philosopher and yet he was executed. Why? What turned his people against him? Discuss Socrates’ approach to death and his last discourse with his family and friends. Did Socrates resent those who had sentenced him to death? If not, then why? Speculate if Socrates was in the right with his teachings. Did he deserve such an end?


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