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: A British School of International Relations

Tim Dunne

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/9780197262948.003.0013

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

: A British School of International Relations

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After considering the vexed question of whether it is possible to speak of a collective identity shared by scholars working in Britain, this chapter examines the debate surrounding the birth of international relations in the aftermath of the First World War. It discusses the arguments mobilized by E. H. Carr against the so-called idealists. This leads into a discussion of the evolution of a distinctive voice in British international relations that sought to overcome the realist–idealist dualism which defined what has become known as the first ‘great debate’. The conclusion briefly considers how far contemporary thinking on international relations builds on this attempt to set out an agenda that was both different from politics as traditionally conceived, and different from international relations as pursued in the United States.

Keywords: American politics; Britain; First World War; E. H. Carr; realist–idealist dualism; world politics; Atlantic scholars

Chapter.  12815 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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