Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Benefits of Oral Histories

Over the past year during my various trips to the United States I’ve been fortunate enough to conduct seven oral histories with former members of the Carter administration. Oral history is a common form of research and I am luckier than some of my fellow PhD students in having the ability to do this. The experience […]

Roosevelt Study Center PhD Seminar

“They were at sword’s point from day one” Cyrus Vance, Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Bureaucratic Wars of the Carter administration. When Jimmy Carter became president, he declared his intention to forge ahead with a new Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II) with the Soviet Union, stating: “we will move this year a step toward our […]

The Library of Congress

In the centre of Washington D.C., opposite the Capitol Building and down the street from the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress claims to be the largest library in the world with ‘164 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves’ according to their website housing a wide range of artefacts from U.S. history. Getting […]