Past Honours Theses

After students successfully complete History 499, a digital copy of their honours thesis is posted on this page. Feel free to browse the titles and get a sense of the breadth and creativity this program inspires; click on a title or two to see what an honours thesis looks like.


Calabrese, Massimo: “We Are Not Stones”: Land, Indigenous Agency, and Colonialism at Williams Lake, British Columbia, 1821-1881

Currey, Bronwyn: “Absolute Exclusion”: Alan Webster Neill and Racially Restrictive Covenants

Eckert, Alice: Products of human cultivation or “mysterious agencies”?: The hunter-gatherer myth and perceptions of Northwestern Coastal Indigenous clam gardens 

Fill, Amber: Curiosity Killed the Cat: Attitudes Towards Vivisections, c. 1660-1820

Johnston, Sarah: Socio-economic Status in the Sanatorium: Tuberculosis in British Columbia in the Interwar Period

Jones, Meghan: ‘O Cannabis’: A History of Cannabis Legalization in Canada

Poirier, Kieran: Mihály Károlyi and the Question of Blame for the Treaty of Trianon’s Dismemberment of Historic Hungary

Schwarz, Angelina: Grieving the Destruction of Femininity: Tracing the Loss of Menstruation in the Holocaust and Post-War Attitudes 

Svorkdal, Jakob: Tkop Man Wawa: Settler Use of Chinook Jargon in the Post-Decline Period


Collins, Keely: Deconstructing Memories of Modern Medical Heroes: Robert Koch and the Bugalla Sleeping Sickness Camp, 1900-1910

Davenport, Daniel: Under New Management: Energy Resource Allocation in Great War Britain

Gough, Dev: The Emily & Ain’t I A Woman?: An Introduction to Feminist Issues taken up in the University of Victoria’s Women Centre Publications in the 1980s-1990s

Holland, Sam: Sprucing Up Britain: How Foresters Conquered the British Landscape with BC Trees

Moreno, Jacob: Modernist Imaginaries of Crisis - Crisis in the Weimar Republic

Olson, Sam: Political Agitators to Ideological Enforcers: Representations of the Brownshirts in Germany 1921-1938

Wallace, Tamara: The Witch‐Finder King: A Study of James I of England and his Relationship to Witchcraft

White, Conner: To Admonish or Abolish: The End of Indigenous Slavery in British Columbia, 1830-1890


Arden, Paige: Influence, Identity and Autonomy: The Transformation of the Womanhood and the Workforce under Eva Perón

Bal, Kevin: The Multi-Dimensional Elements of Early Twentieth Century British Labour

Barron, Kiegan: March 21st and May 1st, 1933: Nazi Germany and the Nature of Fascism

Cloete, Hannes: The OAS and US Struggle for Hegemony: 1948-1962

Eckardt, Savannah: “That's just the way it was, but we were happy there:” Holiday Celebrations at The BC Protestant Orphan’s Home from 1910-1960

Engelbrecht, Mira: Privilege versus the People: A Study of Food, Volk, Elitism, and the Nazi State

Hartley, Rebecca: 'Victors of History’: Museums and Memorials as Venues of Propaganda in East Germany

Holshuijsen, Folkert: The Great War Diary of Osmond Edward Fisher:
Soldiers’ Experience, Popular Narratives, and the Everydayness of War on the Western Front.

Laybourne, Nathaniel: (Mis)Representations of an Italian Anarchist

Lazenby, Alec: Pages of Unity and National Identity: The Role of the Palestinian Press during the 1936 Great Strike

Obedkoff, Nick: “Asserting Territorial Jurisdiction”: A Microhistory of Clayoquot Sound During the Maritime Fur Trade, 1785-1811

Sacilotto, Sophie: The Soviet Memorialization of Babi Yar 1941-1976

Stefik, Aaron: Fire from Sea and Sky: The Defence of British Columbia in the Pacific War

Stremel, Emily: Democracy under Fire: The July 15 Coup and Turkish

Vandepol, Ashley: Depictions of a Poisoner: Examining Press Coverage of Female Poisoners as a Means of Investigating Changing Ideas of Women’s Character During 19th Century England



Davies, H: Walking the Tightrope: Jimmy Carter’s Foreign Policy for a Nuclear Armed South Africa

de Montmorency, C: The Joke is on Hitler: A Study of Humour under Nazi Rule

Landrey, J: “Democracy? What a farce.”1 The Marpole-Richmond Review ’s Anti-Racist Coverage During World War Two

McDonald, C: Locating a Professorial Voice: North American Institutional Debates on the Purpose of the University in Historical Perspective

Naaykens, J: Central Sanitation: Why Centralization Caused the Downfall of the Early Public Health Movement in Victorian Britain

Nielsen, J: Orientalism & Greco-Turkish Borders: A Genealogy of East/West Boundary Projections and Practices

Nugent, K: A Religion without Dogma: Discursive Constructions of Sex and Gender in North American Neopagan Witchcraft and their Impact on Feminism and the LGBTQ+ Community

Paramchuk, M: Popular Imagery, the Press and Militarism: Identifying Militarism in French Culture and Society, 1830-1840

Rzeplinski, J: Mythical Creatures or Lusus Naturae Differences in Discourse on Intersex People in 19th Century America

Shaman, W: “An (Un)Usual Narrative”1: Treaty Education and Relearning in Post-Secondary Canadian History Classrooms

Simpson, N: The “Woman’s Angle” and Beyond: Allied Women War Reporters during the Second World War


Baer, A: The Portrayal of Hitler, Nazis, and Nazism in American Animated Cartoons from the Second World War

Bradshaw, Z: What’s for Dinner? Social Mobility in Hannah Woolley’s The Queen-Like Closet; Or, Rich Cabinet

Chewter, E: An Unsettling Presence: Indigenous Spectres in Settler Ghostlore on Coast Salish Territories

Fraser, K: The Moralized Picturesque in England, 1730–1811

Gray, L: Trans Mountain 1953: Public Response in Alberta and British Columbia

Accola, M: “The Empire Traveller”: Purposeful Tourism in Western Canada, 1885-1914

Lang, D: The Log Export Question in British Columbia, 1865-1930

LeBere, K: Red Swans: The Transformation of Ballet after the Russian Cultural Revolution (1924-1937)

Marks, L: “Lady Macbeth of Bermondsey” and “The Thing Who Was Her Husband”: Gendered Representations of Maria and Frederick Manning

McClure, J: “His Body Was Vigorous and His Intellect Powerful:” Gendered Discourse in Two Early 20th Century British Columbia Textbooks

Mooney, C: “Accio Bibliographia”: The Use of Historiographical Methods in Fiction

Poulus, R: “Baneful Influences”: Racism and Canadian Drug Legislation Against Opium

West, H: The Historical Backdrop to the United States’ Relationship with the Syrian Kurds

Wu, A: The Hollywood Wartime Comedy American Comedy Film in the Second World War


Dagan, A: "These hard times gon' kill you": Black masculinity, racial and intimate violence and the blues in the Mississippi Delta, 1918-1945.

Finnson, A: "The Blood of a King Brings Joy:" Blood and the Execution of Louis XVI.

Kelerstein, A: Souvenirs from a Concentration Camp. The Holocaust Tourism Industry through a case study at the Dachau Memorial Site.

Powell, R: Memory and Memorialization: How War Memorials Shape Historical Narratives of Canada's Role in Military Conflict

Ruston, N: "There is a new drug in the schedule": The Mysterious Origins of Criminalized Cannabis.

Sydora, E: "Breaking News": An Analysis of Canadian Media's use of "Terrorism and Human Rights" Frames in the Coverage of the First Year of the Second Intifada.

van der Linden, R: Women after War: Jewish Women as Displaced Persons in Belsen, 1945-50.

Wardle, A: "The incurably sick will be pitilessly segregated": The Delayed Memorialization of the Deaf and Disabled in Postwar Germany.

Watson, M: Worried About the Misfiring: Mapping Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Erotic Agency and Identity Under Canadian Obscenity Laws.


Carter, S: "Justice in the Balkans: Developing International Law after Yugoslavia".

Crocker, J: "Unorthodox Professors: World War One in Videogames and on YouTube".

Gallegos Dupuis, M: "Egypt Before and After 2011: An Uncertain History of Revolution".

Gow, E: "Reconciliation in Theatres of Living History: Unsettling Fort Edmonton Park" - withhold until 2021.

Gray, J: "Not a Palestinian-Arab - Zionist Conflict: Deconstructing Canadian Support for the Partition of Palestine".

Grundmanis, S: Lunar Colonies and Nuking the Moon: Science fiction, Cold War anxiety and the U.S. Space Program". 

Lafreniere, K: ""Devils Clad in Flesh": The Significance of the Perceived Ranter Threat, 1649 - 1651".

MacAulay, W: ""A fit judgement for their intolerable wickedness":Settler Responses to the 1862 Smallpox Epidemic in Victoria".

McCreanor, K: "Constructing the 'Third Europe': The International Connections of Radical Nationalist Organizations in Western Europe 1960 - 1980".

Mollema, R: "German Youth 1900 - 1933 From Emancipation to Radicalization".

Reid, D: "Imperial or Settler Imperative? Indigenous Reserves as a Case Study for a Transcolonial Analysis of British Imperial Native Policy".

Rose, L: "Conscious Resistors: Peasant Agency, Hegemony and the Conflict over Collectivization in the Soviet Union".

Safton, B: "Growig Louder: The Environmental Movement in Clayoquot Sound, 1980-93".

Siemens, K: "Witnessing Internment: Captain V.C. Best's Letters to Ottawa"  

Strong, M: "Japanese Canadians and Internment: The Role of The New Canadian as an Agent of Resistance, 1941 - 1945".



Blair, D: "Fish, Oil, and Cucumbers: The Premiership of Brian Peckford, 1979-1989".

Cartwright, A: ""We the Ghetto People:" Perceptions of Rap Music and the Underclass Between the Late 1970s and Late1980s."

Deacon, D: "Fallen Women: The Popular Image of Female Suicide in Victorian England, c. 1937-1901".

Gagne, C: "A Not So Special Relatonship: Pierre Trudeau, Richard Nixon and the Reshaping of Canada-US Relationship between 1969 and 1974".

Jezierski, J: "The United States and the Evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict".

Maher, Cé: "Remembering Kaufbeuren: Attitudes in Occupied Germany towards Mental Illness and the Nazi 'Euthanasia' programme".

Mann, S: "More than a Symbol: Historical and Historiographic Perspectives on the Mind and Faith of Louis Riel".

McKay, J: "Narratives of Death In Diaries and Memoirs of The holocaust".

Turkington, D: "Preserving "Paradise:" The Changing Face of Environmental Activism in British Columbia, 1980-1995".