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Knights of the Air: Social Identity in the Royal Flying Corps

Hometown: Louisa, Virginia

Department: History

Advisor: Frederick Corney

Going into the First World War, Britain had a rigid social hierarchy influenced by the Industrial Revolution and imperialism. As the newest branch, the Royal Flying Corps had extensive training that initially influenced recruitment. My thesis will focus on investigating the role of social identity in interactions between different Royal Flying Corps personnel.

All William & Mary Honors Fellowships fundraising supports the Charles Center Honors Fellowships Fund. Direct support for individual undergraduate research projects is distributed by the Roy R. Charles Center for Academic Excellence

August Update: Research Connections, Popular Culture, and Social Identity Theory

After studying to take the GRE and preparing to go back to W&M, I finally found the time to sit down and write another blog post. Check it out if you are interested in the wonder that is a solid research connection or the intersection between social identity theory and the Royal Flying Corps in popular culture!


2023 days ago by Abby Whitlock
Reading Between the Lines: How I Approach Royal Flying Corps Literature as Social Commentary

In this blog post, I discuss how I approach analyzing Royal Flying Corps literature. As much as I love reading, I enjoyed breaking down how I read my sources and thinking about how they each pertain to my overall research.


2046 days ago by Abby Whitlock
Research Update: June in Review and Goals for July

After taking a few weeks off for a family vacation and preparing to start a part time history job, I finally got to sit down and write another blog post! In this post, I reflect on my research visit to England and review the goals I have for July. 


2056 days ago by Abby Whitlock

This past weekend, I went to the second day of the Imperial War Museum's Duxford Air Festival. Below, I have included a link to my blog post talking about the history of Duxford Aerodrome, cool collection pieces, and how the RAF is commemorating its 100th anniversary.


2099 days ago by Abby Whitlock
Setting the Foundation: An outline for my time in England

On May 21, I arrived in England to begin my 2.5 week research visit to England. Below, I have included a brief blog post outlining my goals of my research visit and how I intend to tie them in to my future research and final product. I will continue to make blog posts throughout my trip on topics such as the Rhys Davids family, components of social identity, a history of social class in Britain, etc. 


2104 days ago by Abby Whitlock

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