I have just finished reading William Germano, From Dissertation to Book (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005), which I can recommend to any scholar, not just those writing their first books. In my case, it offers food for thought about editing and writing in general. More importantly, it has helped encourage me to take up my research again, even if that probably won’t lead to a book.
That has meant picking up the old dissertation—”Wilhelm Groener, Officering, and the Schlieffen Plan” (Georgetown University, 2006)—and rereading it with an eye to developing article ideas and a modest research agenda for the next couple years. Since I plan to reflect on this work here, let me begin by referring to some old blog posts on Clio and Me that offer essential context:
- “Wilhelm Groener (1867-1939)” (August 25, 2007) introduces who I wrote about.
- “Stumbling Upon a Dissertation Topic” (September 9, 2007) explains why I wrote about him.
- “Paradoxes” (July 21, 2007) reflects on how I came to study war.
I updated the last link on Feb. 12, 2012. Earlier the dissertation was on Dropbox.