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From:endxgame
Date:March 22nd, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
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I am a history graduate student but I don't know if I'd say history is the most "rigorous and thorough" when it comes to training. Certainly sociologists and political scientists have their own idea of what constitutes rigour and train their students to embrace it.

Depending on your language skills I think five years or less is fairly ambitious in any discipline, but also doable. I am not really convinced that history would take longer than another PhD if all other things are equal and you're an efficient archival researcher.

What field do you envision yourself teaching and publishing in? What methodologies do you normally employ? What books on the subject do you like and find useful? What books do you wish you would have written?
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