Chapter

: Contextual and Non-Contextual Histories of Political Thought

P. J. Kelly

in The British Study of Politics in the Twentieth Century

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262948
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734762 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262948.003.0002

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

: Contextual and Non-Contextual Histories of Political Thought

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This chapter focuses on how the history of political ideas has been approached in the context of British political science. This has the consequence that the discussion ranges over commentators who are explicitly not historians. It claims that the current British approaches to the study of past political thought have domestic origins in the development of the study of politics in British Universities, especially Oxford, Cambridge, and LSE. The first section accounts for different approaches to the study of political ideas in British political science by examining conceptions of the history of political thought. It shows how institutional history is connected to the development of a genre, and how this history has not been dependent on the direct import of Continental or American intellectual fashions or personalities. The second section delineates the three main British approaches to the study of the history of political ideas in the post-war period.

Keywords: political history; Britain; political science; Oxford University; institutional history

Chapter.  10893 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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