7th January 2008
Happy New Year to all my readers. If you've stumbled upon this blog for the first time, I am a part-time PhD student at the (CCBH) Centre for Contemporary British History, part of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London.
In this blog I try to record and make sense of my thoughts, and the books, the papers and archives I read, as I gradually work through my research. As a part-time student it will take around 6 years to complete the thesis, so I don't expect to finish until 2013.
My area of research is the British Occupation of Germany after the Second World War, 1945-1951. A few weeks ago I described this in a little more detail and posted my Research Proposal.
I aim to post on this blog around once a week, and generally manage to do so, more or less, with a few breaks over Christmas and New Year, and during the Summer.
In my view history is a process of discovery and in this blog I aim to share my discoveries and, I hope, the occasional insight, with anyone who is interested. I also find writing a weekly post very useful to help organise my own thoughts.
Over the past two years I've posted most of what later became my MA dissertation, (after suitable re-writing, amendments, references and so on), and will do the same with the PhD. If you find anything of interest to you, please browse further through the postings, 'search this blog', quote what I say (with suitable acknowledgement, reference, link or trackback) and if you wish, post or email me your comments.