Since I wrote my MA thesis on the Battle of Königgrätz I figured I would put up a post here noting that today is the 145th anniversary of the battle, which was fought on July 3rd. The battle was significant for many reasons but the most notable is that it marked the defeat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire against the Prussians and thus signified the start of undisputed Prussian leadership of what would become modern Germany. After Königgrätz all the German states had no choice but to fall in line behind the Prussian Confederation and conform to Prussian practices. It was the culminating battle of the second of the Wars of German Unification and arguably the most important. The defeat of France in 1871 was just thew icing on the cake and allowed the Prussian king to declare the establishment of the German Empire, which had de facto existed since 1866.
Well, I figured it is time for another update.Â I have made the first round of changes to my rough draft and turned them back in and my thesis made it past my professor and is now in the hands of the second reader.Â It went up to the second reader Tuesday and I should get it back sometime next week for corrections, if any.Â If there are no corrections needed it will go the department Chair and then I will get a final grade for the thesis and the thesis class.Â
At that point I will be done with my thesis and should only need to receive word from the university that I have met the requirements for graduation.Â If that happens then my current conferral date will be 15 May and I will be the proud holder of a Master of Arts Degree in European History.Â As long as the final grade on my thesis class is not below a C, I should graduate with honors.Â I currently have a 3.93 GPA and don’t think I really have to worry about getting a bad grade on my thesis but I am keeping my fingers crossed anyway because the class is not over.
I got my rough draft back from my Thesis professor this morning with the first round of requested corrections.Â It actually looks much better than I thought it would.Â There are not as many corrections as I expected and so I will start working on revising it tonight after I get home from work.Â I just quickly glanced at it this morning.Â I guess it will take me two or three days to make the requested corrections.
After I make corrections and resubmit it as a final version, it will go to a second reader in the history department for a final round of changes.Â After the second reader gets done and final changes are made it gets submitted to the university for publication and I will get my final grade for the thesis.Â So far, I have a 3.93 GPA and if I pass my thesis with distinction I will graduate with honors, which is what I have been trying to achieve since I started my MA program three years ago.Â We will see what happens.
Well, I just finished the final revisions to my rough draft before I submit it.Â It is a great felling.Â The final paper ended up at 85 pages and it was actually much easier to write than I thought it would be.Â Now all that is left to see is what my thesis adviser thinks of it.