To what extent were the religious developments put in place during the reign of Mary I significant, in light of those of the rest of the Tudor period?

To a certain extent, Mary I's religious changes were significant in that she managed to alter the country in the five years that she held the crown. She did not aspire to satisfy anyone, but, dedicatedly aimed to revert England to Catholicism in order to honour her mother and follow her true faith. Mary's changes … Continue reading To what extent were the religious developments put in place during the reign of Mary I significant, in light of those of the rest of the Tudor period?

Reasons for the increase in voter turnout in the 2008 United States presidential election

Voting behavioural theory states that voters vote based on a number of key factors – region, race, gender, age, etc – meaning that any if these factors could explain the increase in voter turnout in the 2008 presidential election. Whilst neither presidential candidate was a woman, the vice presidential candidates offered some choice. However, in … Continue reading Reasons for the increase in voter turnout in the 2008 United States presidential election

How important is ‘issue voting’ in the US?

De-aligned voters are more likely to vote for candidates because of their views on specific issues, particularly in the age of single-issue politics, with economic issues usually being the most significant. Policies can be an important determinant of voting. Which policies they are tends to vary from one election cycle to another. The state of … Continue reading How important is ‘issue voting’ in the US?

What is the difference between aligned and de-aligned voting? Answer with reference to the USA

The term ‘aligned’ or ‘de-aligned voter’ refers to partisan alignment; the party identification of most voters with the two main parties is strong, and it is difficult to establish new alignments. Partisan alignment places emphasis on primacy or long-term factors, whereas a de-aligned voter may focus on recency factors. Primacy factors include income, race, religion, … Continue reading What is the difference between aligned and de-aligned voting? Answer with reference to the USA

What is the impact of democratic overload in USA elections? (Short essay)

It has been a little while since I posted something with a bit more meat to its bones, so here is a short essay on US politics -  What is the impact of democratic overload in USA elections? It is paradoxical that in the country that is the world’s greatest advocate of democracy, turnout at … Continue reading What is the impact of democratic overload in USA elections? (Short essay)

In 1,000 words, write a comparative essay discussing how two history books written by different authors can fit within historiographical categories. Define these categories, discuss any overlaps and uncertainties and reflect on what we can learn from locating books in their historiographical context.

This is a draft version of a recent essay. I have no idea where the completed one is... Probably lost in the university computer system. This is an unedited version, therefore, and may be a little waffley or mistake-ridden. History is a vast subject, spanning thousands of years of wars and conflicts, the lives of … Continue reading In 1,000 words, write a comparative essay discussing how two history books written by different authors can fit within historiographical categories. Define these categories, discuss any overlaps and uncertainties and reflect on what we can learn from locating books in their historiographical context.

What are ‘swing voters’ and how important are they in the USA? (Short essay)

Also known as ‘floating voters’ in the UK and ‘independent’ in the USA, swing voters are de-aligned and lack strong party identification, and their votes cannot be predicted or taken for granted. They are targeted in campaigns and can be crucial in deciding elections, especially in swing states. Approximately 30% of voters describe themselves as … Continue reading What are ‘swing voters’ and how important are they in the USA? (Short essay)

Explain the importance of religion as a voting factor in the USA (Short essay)

The USA is unusual (in comparison with Britain) in that religious identity has strongly influenced voting behaviour. Religion has an important impact in how the voter looks at specific issues, such as abortion, homosexuality, the environment, and economics. The voter then uses his or her response to these issues as a guideline to help determine … Continue reading Explain the importance of religion as a voting factor in the USA (Short essay)