Victorious Historian

Penwith College A Level student Rae Dougan has won the Peterhouse College Cambridge Vellacott History Essay Competition. Rae wrote on the issue of whether humanitarian intervention had a history, arguing effectively that it did while drawing on both historical examples and the views of select theorists to corroborate her view.

The judges had over 200 international entries but felt Rae's work had “stylish prose, clarity of argument, a deep level of research and originality of thought.” Rae is one of 15 winners who are invited to attend Peterhouse College for a prize giving later this month.

Rae said: “I am just so happy to have won, I can hardly believe it.”

Elle Wheatly, History lecturer at Penwith College, said: “Rae worked exceptionally hard on an ostensibly obscure topic - The history of humanitarianism intervention - and managed to make her work a rigorous survey through time that maintained conceptual complexity. She worked independently and with determination. We are thrilled to see Rae’s original thinking acknowledged in this way.”