Are There Any Lessons of History?: The English School and the Activity of Being an Historian

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dc.contributor.author Bain, William
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-07T14:07:14Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-07T14:07:14Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Bain , W 2007 , ' Are There Any Lessons of History?: The English School and the Activity of Being an Historian ' International Politics , vol 44 , no. 5 , pp. 513-530 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1384-5748
dc.identifier.other PURE: 80003
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/933
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/933
dc.description Bain, William, 'Are There Any Lessons of History?: The English School and the Activity of Being an Historian', International Politics (2007) 44(5) pp.513-530 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract This article explores what English School theorists claim for history in the study of international relations. The writings of Hedley Bull and Herbert Butterfield are examined with a view to providing an idealized though coherent distillation of the place historical enquiry enjoys in English School theory. The limitations of their respective positions, which cannot fully sustain the English School claim that historical knowledge is important in understanding international relations, are addressed by turning to Michael Oakeshott's conception of history as fable. The article concludes by reaffirming the place English School theorists give to historically informed theory by, paradoxically, denying to history any didactic character and therefore any practical relevance. For it will become evident that a didactic history — and whatever lessons it offers — is an illusion made in the present for the present, which is neither historical nor instructive. en
dc.format.extent 18 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof International Politics en
dc.title Are There Any Lessons of History?: The English School and the Activity of Being an Historian en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.ip.8800204
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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