Well, I've finally discovered a reason to return to this blog. I apologize, for those of you reading, that it's been forever since I last updated it. Life has had many twists and turns (as it does), and 2013 is shaping up to be quite the interesting year. In a good way.
The class I'm taking this semester is going to deal with a huge topic…World War II. Believe it or not, I've never tackled this subject in very much depth apart from the general classes that everyone takes in high school and college. Here, I'll be diving into the origins of the war, the war itself, and more specifically secret intelligence operations that occurred on both sides. I had the idea to document some of my research on this blog as I go forward, since I'll be making a trip to DC in April to look at some primary source documents that I might be able to use for my paper. This paper will most likely become my masters thesis, so I thought it would be interesting to have a record of how this project evolves over time. At this point, I really have NO IDEA what the topic is going to be. I'm hoping (and praying) that it will reveal itself to me as I do more background reading on the war.
I've had some thoughts, however, that I might be able to tie this in with a previous paper I wrote on Edward R. Murrow and Joseph McCarthy. Since my topic will most likely be US-focused, I've been thinking about looking at some aspect of Soviet activity in the US during World War II. Believe it or not, there was a much greater level of Soviet activity in America during the war than in the McCarthy era of the 1950s. Perhaps most famously, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg selling the secrets of the atomic bomb to the Russians.
Some other possible topics at this point…the Jedburgh missions into France, OSS policies in Europe (the OSS was the predecessor to the CIA), as well as any other OSS topics I come across.
I hope that you, the reader, will find this process at least somewhat interesting!