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Parting Ways: The Birth and Death of “Childhood” in the Life Narratives of Peruvian War Veterans

This week, our guest contributor José Ignacio Mogrovejo discusses his use of oral history narratives to explore Peruvian War veterans’ recollections of their youth prior to the Peruvian Ecuadorian War of 1941.   By José Ignacio Mogrovejo Childhood, both as an idea and a biological experience, has been a highly contested concept in the social […]

Listening again, digging deeper, & hearing moral injury

The authors of the recently published article “Oral History, Moral Injury, and Vietnam Veterans,” available online, share their thoughts on and experiences with “moral injury.”  By Philip F. Napoli, with contributions from Thomas Brinson, Neil Kenny, and Joan Furey. As part of the research for my book, Bringing It All Back Home: An Oral History […]

Author interview: Noah Riseman on what’s left unsaid in oral histories

We asked Noah Riseman, author of “‘Describing Misbehaviour in Vung Tau as “Mischief” Is Ridiculously Coy’: Ethnographic Refusal, Reticence, and the Oral Historian’s Dilemma” in the latest OHR, to discuss his use of oral history as a research method, reflecting on situations that lead oral historians and narrators to avoid certain topics, just one of many […]

oralhistoryreview: In celebration of Veterans Day, we’re pleased to share a conversation between Oral History Review managing editor Troy Reeves and Dr. Robert P. Wettemann Jr., director of the US Air Force Academy Center for Oral History. A historian at heart, Wettemann shares his thoughts on the importance of preserving veterans’ stories, using oral history […]

pbsthisdayinhistory: November 11, 1918: World War I Ends On this day in 1918, World War I ended after Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in Compiegne, France.  Known as the Great War due to its unprecedented nature, the international conflict began after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir […]

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