About John Bolt
John Bolt is a full-time PhD candidate at the University of Portsmouth. His research focus is on the organisational and social history of the Royal Marines, principally in the nineteenth century. Relevant to the ports towns project, John is particularly interested how the organisational culture of the Royal Marine Corps and its unique military identity developed in the Royal Dockyard cities of Chatham, Portsmouth, and Plymouth. Now a resident of Portsmouth, John is originally a native of the United States from the Greater Boston area. Since moving to Portsmouth, John has volunteered as an archivist with the Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth, and has also worked as a project manager on the exhibition, "36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won the War", at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. John also assists with the MA Naval History at the University of Portsmouth. John earned his BA History from the Virginia Military Institute, and his MA History (Merit) from the University of Portsmouth. Prior to undertaking further studies in history, John has most recently served as a United States Marine Corps Officer. John’s research interests include the examination of the evolution of military cultures, the historical treatment of military veterans, and civil-military relations in urban port town communities. Follow John @JD_Bolt and at http://www.jdbolt.com
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