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Convinced that it was impossible to study political history outside its international framework, he proposed the creation of a practical course in diplomatic history, but it was frowned upon by the professors of the Faculty of Arts, who rendered it down to a series of lectures, beginning on 26 April 1934. At that time, he requested a PhD in History, at both the Universities of Lisbon and Coimbra, which was refused (Memorial, p. 185). Also dating from that time was an open letter (27 February 1934) to the Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Instruction (Salazar, Caeiro da Matta and Sousa Pinto) on the urgent need for organising a diplomatic archive to bring together the vast documentary heritage spread across several depositories. He also suggested the creation of a library of international studies and the publication of a newsletter or diplomatic magazine. He was later pleased to note Virginia Rau's initiative in developing a line of research in Diplomatic History, at the History Centre of the University of Lisbon.