History undergraduate finalist here, and just in the process of completing a 10,000 word dissertation. I've finished what I feel I need to do in terms of secondary reading, however, I am not entirely sure I am going about the primary research in the best way possible.
To put it briefly, my study is focusing on British foreign policy reactions to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire from towards the end of the First World War (c. Sykes-Picot Agreement) until it became the Turkish Republic at Lausanne. My adviser, who has been conspicuously absent this semester, has suggested predominantly to the look at the companion volumes to Martin Gilbert's biography of Churchill, which contain a multitude of letters from the period. However, these are like 2,000 pages each, and there is about 4 volumes I need to get through. And, of course, they are just one side of the dice; I presume I will have to look through books of this size another 6 or so times over to get through all the documents. He also suggested the Documents on British Foreign Policy series, which makes sense, among some others.
However, what I'm really asking is do I need to go through every page of these tomes to research this dissertation properly? Of course time is an issue as well. Are there any suggestions/tips people may offer on how to do primary research like this? Otherwise, it seems a truly mountainous task! Especially in terms of all the letters in the Churchill volumes.
Thanks for your help! Much appreciated.
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- 31-03-2013 12:57