It's 35 years since I enrolled as a Ph.D. student at Warwick University - and at last, I am about to become a Doctor.
That first attempt at a doctoral thesis ('Popular Politics and Society in late-Victorian Clerkenwell', since you ask) never quite made it.
But a while back, I started pursuing a Ph.D. by publication - based particularly on my book A Mission in Kashmir and a related academic article on the Kashmiri left in the 1940s - and with the support of the Warwick history department, and above all of my supervisor, David Hardiman, I've got there.
I was up at Warwick for a viva in the past week - with two eminent scholars of south Asia, Ian Talbot and Yasmin Khan, as the examiners. That went well, and so - subject only to a few formalities (I hope) - I will at last get my Ph.D..
What will I do with it? No idea, but it is nice to have the recognition - and to tie up a loose end that's been flapping around for well over half a lifetime.
++ And the title of this blog - A&E are the 'accident and emergency' wards at British hospitals, and accidents and emergencies have been Kashmir's fate ever since some time before 1947.
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