I'm taking an (obligatory...) course in "Scientific history" at university level. It mainly consists of a written project: ~20 pages and oral presentation.
I have planned to study the status of fundamental physics research throughout history, or more exactly from ~1900, by picking a number of events/areas (Einstein's relativity, the formulation of QM, nuclear research prior to WW2, QFT, string theory, the search for new fundamental particles) and see how society influenced them, and how they influenced society. The question I pose concern e.g. how governments/people in general/scientists have viewed the funding of directly non-applicable research, what geographical differences can be seen and how these findings have evolved during the 20th century and onwards.
That's the plan, at least. With this question I'm looking for input in the subject, and I'm very interested in literature suggestions (papers/blogs/traditional books). I am currently writing my MSc thesis in fundamental physics, and the course is given at BSc level, to give an idea of which level it concerns.