The History course at Cambridge moves from the Classical period up to the present day. The topics and form of the content is broad and varied, with the study of cultural and social history, politics and economic development. The content draws from a number of disciplines including anthropology, literature and archaeology.
As well as the plethora of historical knowledge and understanding you will acquire, it will teach you to critically evaluate the significance and usefulness of primary and secondary material. You will learn to define your own questions and set your own goals and assemble, organise and present your ideas clearly and coherently.
|Part 1 – Years 1 & 2|
|Part I lasts two years (six terms) and comprises six papers. The first five are chosen from 23 papers on offer, and you study one each term for the first five terms.
For the sixth component, Themes and Sources, you will complete a 5,000 word essay on a very wide choice of topics, typically investigating a major theme in comparative history (such as gender, democracy, revolutions or music). The essay is written over a period of some months, and involves individual research.
|Part 2 – Year 3|
|CoursesPart II consists of five units:
You can substitute a dissertation on a topic of your choice for one paper.
Part A Papers
- Paper 1: Themes and Sources
- British Political and Constitutional History (broken down into date ranges; 380-1100, 1050-1509, 1485-1750, 1700-1914, since 1867
- British economic and social history, 380-1100, 1050-c.1500, c.1500-1750, 1700-1914, since c.1870
- European history, 776 BC-AD 69, 31 BC-AD 900, 900-c.1215, 1200-1520, 1450-1760, 1715-1890, since 1890
- History of political thought to c.1700, from c.1700 to c.1890
- World History
- Empires and world history from the fifteenth century to the First World War
- North American History from 1607 to 1865
- World history since 1914
- The history of the United States from 1865
Part B Papers
- Historical Argument and Practice
- long essay and written paper: Specialist Subject
- Constructing the worlds of Archaic Greece [Paper C1 of Part II of the Classical Tripos]
- The city of Rome and its rulers, 476-769
- Chivalry, patronage and rulership: King René of Anjou in fifteenth century Europe
- Uses of the visual in early modern Germany, c. 1450-1550
- The Black Death
- Reform and Reformation: Thomas More’s England
- An alternative history of Ireland: Religious minorities and identity in the 26 counties, 1912-1959
- Class, party and the politics of social identity in England, 1914-1945
- The British and the Middle East, c. 1830 – c. 1865
- Fin de siècle Russia, 1891-1917
- Liberalism and constitutional crisis in the United States, c. 1930-c. 1965
- The reconstruction of Germany, 1945-55
- Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights movement
There are a number of specialist papers available later in the course in subjects as broad as music, art, cartoons, other visual images, and coins.