Marc Trachtenberg
UCLA Political Science Department
4289 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1472

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That guide, however, has effectively been replaced by two appendices to my book The Craft of International History: A Guide to Method (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006):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 were last updated in June 2021.

This site also contains some other material:

My curriculum vitae (with links to texts of articles, reviews and unpublished papers).  Note especially the collection of documents I accumulated when I was writing the Constructed Peace book.  Those documents were pdf’d and then ocr’d (so they’re all keyword searchable);  the link is also included in the c.v. listing for that book.

A collection of course materials (including mp3s of my lectures, plus two videos—lectures by Kenneth Walt and John Mearsheimer)

This whole website—the appendices to the Constructed Peace book, the pdfs of all the documents I collected for that book, the two webpages on declassification analysis, the two appendices to the methods book, my c.v. (with outlinks, also archived, to practically everything I’ve written up to this point), and a collection of course materials for various courses I’ve taught (including tapes of lectures)—has been archived and should be available, theoretically in perpetuity, through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine (   Just type in the URL for this website ( in the search field there, and if you select a capture for June 2021 or later, you should be able to see everything in this website, even if UCLA is no longer hosting it.  The “outlinks” cited not just on this page but on all the other pages in the website have, in principle, also been automatically archived there.  If a link doesn’t work, you can search for the URL on the Wayback Machine and you should be able to find what you’re looking for.  This, of course, doesn’t apply to links that don’t work because they’re available through a subscription service;  in those cases you’d have to go through a library that is a subscriber.

The only part of this website which I now plan to update from time to time is the curriculum vitae, since it contains links to practically everything I’ve written.  I intend to add and post additional writings as they’re written, and I’ll try to make sure that those writings are also archived by the Internet Archive, so that they won’t disappear entirely if UCLA ceases to host this website.