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  1. I published my first article as an undergraduate and not in a students' journal. Was never asked about my degrees or affiliation.
  2. One more tip: advanced readers are rare but they do exist. Depending on the language, Dunwoody Press (which was dead for a long time and is now reviving its old glory) published many such readers for laughably less-taught languages. Since many of these books are out of print, it is worthwhile to search on WorldCat or your university library catalog. If you are already quite acquainted with the grammar, even a reader whose auxiliary language is other than English (the Soviets were good in publishing readers) can be useful for you -- you just need graded, well-chosen texts for your practice. Sea
  3. I might have the necessary expertise in that. A good way is to find an older textbook of the "grammar and reader" genre, which will take you through graded reading and translation exercises to functional reading proficiency. Then, by reading, you'll acquire speed, vocabulary, and skill in reading this language.
  4. True, but also the other way round: There are brilliant and kind professors who'll be wonderful advisors, but they work at institutions whose graduate programs typically (or decisively) lead nowhere. Like always, the unhelpful response would be "you need a great advisor in a great school," with a great advisor in a low-tier school and a bad advisor at a great school being equally bad alternatives.
  5. What do you expect to hear from us? Why making all these assumptions based on a form, instead of filling it and opening a dialog with them?
  6. Generally speaking, funding in the UK is not tied specifically to the university, especially when it comes to non-UK-citizen students, so I wouldn't count on much there.
  7. Congratulations! I am a Europeanist at Yale, so feel free to ask any questions
  8. Well, you offered it as an example. Since you thought others might want to emulate it, we clarify that they probably shouldn't: It is vague, it leads to nowhere, there is no way to know to quickly classify your application based on that paragraph, and the heartbeats metaphor really sounds like a pretentious way of saying "I care about listening to the voices of people from the past," which is frankly what historians do. Other people, in search of different examples, might want to consider that committees are composed of faculty members from across the department who have very little time
  9. As a polite suggestion: It is not very clear. What historical subfields? Which actors? What are these "lived experiences"? The heartbeat metaphor is not very clear either, even if I tried to read carefully for the second and third time.
  10. I agree. Also, adding my two cents as a Balkanist: none of what you wrote here strikes me as very new. Sure, it is not the "classic" narrative, but Balkanists have been working along these lines for at least the past few years.
  11. Just because other comments have encouraged you to find a way to combine both, you don't have to. My undergrad was history and Islamic studies/Arabic philology -- my dissertation is Habsburg, Ottoman, and Russian Empires. I have, then, several languages I had learnt without using them properly in grad school like Arabic and Persian. It's much more important to find a question you're genuinely interested in and not just a bridge between two undergrad choices you made.
  12. It really depends. If the total number of languages will be three, it's fine. It's better than showing no progress whatsoever in Russian if that's your area of interest. However, as a Central-Eastern Europeanist who also does Central Asia -- there are many more languages to learn, then, unless you focus your interest (instead of spreading it further). This might intimidate schools with no adequate language programs if you suddenly need, say, Polish/Hungarian/Czech and perhaps Uzbek/Tajik/Kazakh in addition to an intensive preparation in Russian.
  13. Without seeing any of the papers, I'd suggest that you choose your strongest one - which should be engaging with primary sources and secondary sources when needed. There is no golden ratio. I applied to study Eastern European history in macro, but my paper was rather micro and its repertoire of primary sources was a single journal.
  14. See you in New Haven, then!
  15. As a Russianist, I'll weigh in and say that medieval and early modern Russia is not a very big scholarly pond to work in these days with very few specialists outside Russia - and definitely requires Russian AND Old Church Slavonic, and the latter is very difficult to master due to the lack of learning resources. Should you choose to pursue the Russianist path, let me know and I'll be happy to introduce you to the scholars in the field and suggest some resources for language training -- but you will need a high level of Russian first.
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