The Craft of International History
A Guide to Method
By (author) Marc Trachtenberg
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Craft of International History by Marc Trachtenberg
Book DescriptionThis is a practical guide to the historical study of international politics. The focus is on the nuts and bolts of historical research--that is, on how to use original sources, analyze and interpret historical works, and actually write a work of history. Two appendixes provide sources sure to be indispensable for anyone doing research in this area. The book does not simply lay down precepts. It presents examples drawn from the author's more than forty years' experience as a working historian. One important chapter, dealing with America's road to war in 1941, shows in unprecedented detail how an interpretation of a major historical issue can be developed. The aim throughout is to throw open the doors of the workshop so that young scholars, both historians and political scientists, can see the sort of thought processes the historian goes through before he or she puts anything on paper. Filled with valuable examples, this is a book anyone serious about conducting historical research will want to have on the bookshelf.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691125695
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Marc Trachtenberg
Cold War and After, Paperback (February 2012)
What makes for war or for a stable international system? Are there general principles that should govern foreign policy? This title explores how historical work can throw light on these questions. It deals with specific problems - with such matters as nuclear strategy and US-European relations.
Constructed Peace, Paperback (February 1999)
America and Russia were both willing to live with the status quo in Europe. What then could have generated the kind of conflict that might have led to a nuclear holocaust? This book focuses on the central question of how a stable international system came into being during the Cold War period.
History and Strategy, Paperback (April 1991)» View all books by Marc Trachtenberg
Offers a demonstration of how historical analysis can be brought to bear on the study of strategic issues, and, conversely, how strategic thinking can help drive historical research. This book begins with an overview of strategic thought in America from 1952 through 1966 and ends with a discussion of 'making sense' of the nuclear age.
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Author Biography - Marc Trachtenberg
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".
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