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The craft of international history : a guide to method / Marc Trachtenberg.

By: Trachtenberg, Marc, 1946-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2006Description: 1 online resource (x, 266 p.).ISBN: 9781400827237 (electronic bk.); 140082723X (electronic bk.).Subject(s): International relations -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Craft of international history.DDC classification: 327/.072/2 LOC classification: JZ1329.5 | .T73 2005Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
The theory of historical inquiry -- Diplomatic history and international relations theory -- The critical analysis of historical texts -- Developing an interpretation through textual analysis: the 1941 case -- Working with documents -- Starting a project -- Writing it up.
Summary: This 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.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-262) and index.

The theory of historical inquiry -- Diplomatic history and international relations theory -- The critical analysis of historical texts -- Developing an interpretation through textual analysis: the 1941 case -- Working with documents -- Starting a project -- Writing it up.

This 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.

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This "guide to the historical study of international politics" is a consummate work of practical historiography targeted at political scientists. Trachtenberg (political science, UCLA) in this comprehensive vade mecum, which is part theory, part practicum, walks the reader through the process of historical analysis. He posits a question-driven approach that seeks to marry the conceptual and empirical by emphasizing the importance of critical thinking. The first two chapters deal respectively with the nature of historical inquiry and the convergence of diplomatic history and international relations theory. These form the intellectual backdrop for the succeeding chapters that are devoted to critical analysis of historical texts, working with documents, starting a project, and writing one's findings. The two appendixes, intended to supplement the text by providing additional guidance on identifying scholarly literature and working with primary sources, are invaluable and worthy of being consulted in their own right. A detailed exposition of the steps leading to US involvement in WW II serves as an illustrative case study. This is important reading for students of diplomatic history and international affairs. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All upper-division undergraduate and graduate collections in history, political science, and international relations. D. Ettinger George Washington University

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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 .

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