UCLA Political Science Department
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This website was originally meant to serve as a kind of supplement to my book, A Constructed Peace: The Making of the European Settlement, 1945-1963 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, February 1999). When it was launched in 1998, it had three main parts, each of which is still included here:
(1) Appendices to A Constructed Peace
(2) A discussion of declassification analysis, one of the methods used in the book, together with some illustrative documents (but a supplement, called “Declassification Analysis: More Grist for the Mill,” containing over 40 documents in multiple versions, was also posted in May 2013); and
(3) A practical guide to doing Cold War history (last revised October 2004).
That guide, however, has effectively been replaced by two appendices to my book The Craft of International History: A Guide to Method (
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006):
Appendix I: Identifying the Scholarly Literature. This partly duplicates Part II of the Cold War guide.
Appendix II: Working with Primary Sources. This overlaps with Part III of the Cold War guide.
Those two appendices will be updated about once a year.
This website has been archived and should be available—in principle, in perpetuity—through the Wayback Machine. The website was crawled and captured by the Wayback Machine at various points in time. For links to those captures, click here: https://web.archive.org/web/20160303181229*/http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/polisci/faculty/trachtenberg/ Most of the webpages included in the website are accessible by clicking the links in those earlier versions of the website. The one exception has to do with the mp3s the my lectures, listed in the section on “course materials” linked below.
This site also contains some other material:
My curriculum vitae (with links to texts of articles, reviews and unpublished papers)
A collection of course materials (including mp3 of lectures)