Sunday, June 22, 2014

My Masters dissertation

Big thanks to my parents, who checked what was on their oldest computer before consigning it to Silicon Valhalla. As a result, they've re-united me with the text of my Masters dissertation (title page omitted).

It's 100+ pages of comparative analysis of traditionalists and modernisers in Labour and the German Social Democrats during the 1980's and early 90's. 

In German.

Taking the rhetoric of party conferences and  the motions debated there as core primary sources.

Yep. Specialist audience for this, right?

At the time, I loved writing my dissertation, and nothing else I did at university served to ground me in critical thinking like doing my own research and investigation for it. The irony in writing your magnum opus in a second language you haven't used for 15 years is that I now have to read it with the occasional aid of a dictionary.

Maybe it's time to refresh my German again?

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