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The Craft of International History


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PREFACE vii CHAPTER ONE: The Theory of Historical Inquiry 1 CHAPTER TWO: Diplomatic History and International Relations Theory 30 CHAPTER THREE: The Critical Analysis of Historical Texts 51 CHAPTER FOUR: Developing an Interpretation through Textual Analysis: The 1941 Case 79 CHAPTER FIVE: Working with Documents 140 CHAPTER SIX: Starting a Project 169 CHAPTER SEVEN: Writing It Up 183 APPENDIX I: Identifying the Scholarly Literature 199 APPENDIX II: Working with Primary Sources 217 BIBLIOGRAPHY 257 INDEX 263

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Marc Trachtenberg has written a comprehensive, how-to manual for doing international history. There is nothing available like it. -- Steven Van Evera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology This is an important book, without question. It provides an extremely useful guide for graduate and undergraduate students who want to know more about thinking about international politics and conducting and presenting research. There is nothing in print that speaks as clearly and persuasively to students. -- William Stueck, University of Georgia, author of "The Korean War: An international History" (Princeton)

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Marc Trachtenberg is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of a number of works on twentieth-century international politics, most notably "A Constructed Peace: The Making of the European Settlement, 1945 to 1963".


One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2006 "A useful and invaluable handbook of international studies... [Guides] the readers into the basic techniques of historical research: how to design a scholarly project, build an essential bibliography, read historical texts, analyze primary sources and how to write the research conclusions... Especially recommended."--Mar?a Ines Tato, International Relations

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