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The Craft of International History : A Guide to Method - Marc Trachtenberg

The Craft of International History

A Guide to Method

Paperback Published: 21st February 2006
ISBN: 9780691125695
Number Of Pages: 288

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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. 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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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

Prefacep. vii
The Theory of Historical Inquiryp. 1
Diplomatic History and International Relations Theoryp. 30
The Critical Analysis of Historical Textsp. 51
Developing an Interpretation through Textual Analysis: The 1941 Casep. 79
Working with Documentsp. 140
Starting a Projectp. 169
Writing It Upp. 183
Identifying the Scholarly Literaturep. 199
Working with Primary Sourcesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780691125695
ISBN-10: 0691125694
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 21st February 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41