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Introducing Sources and Methods

Christian F. Ostermann

Sources and Methods is a new platform that showcases fresh archival evidence and presents new insights into contemporary international history.

Introducing Sources and Methods

Sources and Methods is a new platform that showcases fresh archival evidence and presents new insights into contemporary international history

Edited by the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program, it is a blog for the global community of international history experts, historically interested policymakers and practitioners as well as the interested public to share their research and engage in conversations with one another.

The short, accessible, and engaging content on Sources and Methods will include:

●     Archival highlights and commentaries on documents recently added to DigitalArchive.org,
●     History “explainers” and commentaries which bridge the past and present,
●     Field reports from archives and libraries,
●     Teasers for new books and other major publications in international history,
●     Debates among multiple parties on historically-relevant topics,
●     Information on new, unique, or under-utilized resources.

Sources and Methods is not bound to the written word, and we will also showcase “non-traditional” scholarly formats such as illustrations, videos, podcasts, and other digital projects.

We have a number of exciting posts lined up for spring 2017, but the success of Sources and Methods will ultimately hinge on the involvement of historians around the world. We look forward to receiving contributions from individuals at all stages of their careers and from all over the globe.

Two final housekeeping notes:

First, Sources and Methods will unify the short form publication series of the Cold War International History Project (CWIHP), the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP), and the North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP). By gradually discontinuing the e-Dossier and Research Update series and bringing this content onto a single platform, we hope to spur interaction and discussion across the History and Public Policy Program’s entire network.

Second, the History and Public Policy Program is still in the business of publishing long form, scholarly analysis. We welcome submissions related to Cold War history, nuclear history, and North Korean history and will consider them for publication in our Working Paper series.

We welcome your feedback and contributions!

About the Author

Christian F. Ostermann

Christian F. Ostermann

Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project;
Woodrow Wilson Center
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