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I am thinking about doing History and/or Politics at Uni and therefore want to tie them into my EPQ topic in some way. I was originally thinking about arguing why Theresa May failed in her Brexit strategy but first felt there may be few analytical sources that aren't news articles and second am not sure this links to politics enough in terms of theory, but is more just current affairs which may not impress a university as much.

I do enjoy constructing arguments which is why I like history, but I am not sure what topic of history to do. I prefer modern history (post-1900) to medieval history but can't find a time era or topic that really grabs my interest. Just wondering how anyone else decided their EPQ topic and what interests them?
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I am thinking about doing History and/or Politics at Uni and therefore want to tie them into my EPQ topic in some way. I was originally thinking about arguing why Theresa May failed in her Brexit strategy but first felt there may be few analytical sources that aren't news articles and second am not sure this links to politics enough in terms of theory, but is more just current affairs which may not impress a university as much.

I do enjoy constructing arguments which is why I like history, but I am not sure what topic of history to do. I prefer modern history (post-1900) to medieval history but can't find a time era or topic that really grabs my interest. Just wondering how anyone else decided their EPQ topic and what interests them?
The title works best as a ‘how far’ or ‘to what extent’ etc question or hypothesis.
With a history topic, I think it’d be easier to find credible academic sources. Maybe look into doing an EPQ on how politics have played a role in a certain event etc?
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I am thinking about doing History and/or Politics at Uni and therefore want to tie them into my EPQ topic in some way. I was originally thinking about arguing why Theresa May failed in her Brexit strategy but first felt there may be few analytical sources that aren't news articles and second am not sure this links to politics enough in terms of theory, but is more just current affairs which may not impress a university as much.

I do enjoy constructing arguments which is why I like history, but I am not sure what topic of history to do. I prefer modern history (post-1900) to medieval history but can't find a time era or topic that really grabs my interest. Just wondering how anyone else decided their EPQ topic and what interests them?
So we need to do something post-1900 that links to politics and history whilst bringing in political theory as well. I can think of a few good ones.

Clement Attlee taking power in 1945 - Historically WW2 ended and ushered in a new age of politics, we can discuss the rise of socialist values in the implementation of the NHS and the new government budget. How did this affect our history? What would we be like without the NHS?

Thatcher taking power in 1979 - Historically we saw a shift in the UK and US to neoliberalism - what were her policies, how was she successful, how was she a failure? How did she impact history and what was her legacy?

Blair taking power in 1997 - A historical shift for the Labour Party as socialism melted into Blairism. How did he change the party and how did he influence history?

Anyway, I'd centre it on a particular PM, focus on their policies and the political theory which they followed, what they did, their rise and fall and how they impacted history? How can we see their legacy today?
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So we need to do something post-1900 that links to politics and history whilst bringing in political theory as well. I can think of a few good ones.

Clement Attlee taking power in 1945 - Historically WW2 ended and ushered in a new age of politics, we can discuss the rise of socialist values in the implementation of the NHS and the new government budget. How did this affect our history? What would we be like without the NHS?

Thatcher taking power in 1979 - Historically we saw a shift in the UK and US to neoliberalism - what were her policies, how was she successful, how was she a failure? How did she impact history and what was her legacy?

Blair taking power in 1997 - A historical shift for the Labour Party as socialism melted into Blairism. How did he change the party and how did he influence history?

Anyway, I'd centre it on a particular PM, focus on their policies and the political theory which they followed, what they did, their rise and fall and how they impacted history? How can we see their legacy today?
This is fantastic and so helpful - thank you so much. I think we cover Blairism and New Labour in Politics A-Level so I’m not sure I can do an EPQ on it, but I still think all three sound fascinating, especially the Thatcher one for me. I think I’d do something on her about her legacy or how successful she was and there should be lots of sources on her, linking History Politics and Economics aswell. If you have any more advice (or wish to offer an opinion on the legacy of Thatcher?) feel free to let me know. Thanks again!
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I am thinking about doing History and/or Politics at Uni and therefore want to tie them into my EPQ topic in some way. I was originally thinking about arguing why Theresa May failed in her Brexit strategy but first felt there may be few analytical sources that aren't news articles and second am not sure this links to politics enough in terms of theory, but is more just current affairs which may not impress a university as much.

I do enjoy constructing arguments which is why I like history, but I am not sure what topic of history to do. I prefer modern history (post-1900) to medieval history but can't find a time era or topic that really grabs my interest. Just wondering how anyone else decided their EPQ topic and what interests them?
A historical title I really liked was "To what extent does the Cold War continue to this day?".

If you are thinking of a historical/political title I'd suggest "to what extent has the Conservative Party remained ideologically consistent since their transformation from the Tory Party?" The Tories have a history of being very pragmatic and you could argue that's the reason they are still alive and historically dominated British politics. This fits very well into your post-1900 preference though I suggest going back to early-1800s when the Party was born. If you enjoy post-1900 politics I think you would find the politics of the period 1850-1900 very fascinating. There would be lots of historical sources and writings on this matter so you would not lac sources. This title also combines the present with the past very well.

Potentially "What was the main cause for the death of the British Liberal Party?". This was quite a common A-Level essay question on my course but there's a lot to it and I believe if you got into the academic writings on the matter you'd find enough material to write up an EPQ.

I personally did "Is Britain suffering from a political crisis in 2019 and what are the possible remedies?". I got an A and I got into Durham for International Relations so modern political matters are not taboo. The reality is that an EPQ is a side dish, if it is done well and vaguely relates to the course you are applying for it will act in your favour. I do, however, think your title is insufficient since I feel it would devolve into you analysing the divorce bill and saying "well these guys didn't like this and those guys didn't like that so parliament threw it out" which wouldn't make a very critical essay. I based mine on British electoral data since 1979 and constitutional reform in Britain since 1997 so even though it was about something modern it was rooted in a lot of data.
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This is fantastic and so helpful - thank you so much. I think we cover Blairism and New Labour in Politics A-Level so I’m not sure I can do an EPQ on it, but I still think all three sound fascinating, especially the Thatcher one for me. I think I’d do something on her about her legacy or how successful she was and there should be lots of sources on her, linking History Politics and Economics aswell. If you have any more advice (or wish to offer an opinion on the legacy of Thatcher?) feel free to let me know. Thanks again!
Why do you think you can't do your EPQ on something you cover in your course? I mean I was told it and no one ever checked or cared and my original draft was basically a rip off of the electoral data we were taught in my politics course. Though of course Thatcher would also be equally fascinating.
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