Francis Harry Hinsley 1918–1998

Richard Langhorne

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 120, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, II

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780197263020
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734199 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Francis Harry Hinsley 1918–1998

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Sir Harry Hinsley was a cryptanalyst, an historian and an effective university administrator. He was fascinated by the progression of peace and war since states had become the most common form of political organisation among human societies, and their near universality had induced the creation of an international system among them. Here are to be found the main thrusts of his three core books: Power and the Pursuit of Peace (CUP, 1963), Sovereignty (Watts, 1966), and Nationalism and the International System. Of these, Power and the Pursuit of Peace is the most substantial, Sovereignty the most important and original of his writings, while Nationalism represents a further working out of a very important theme from Power and the Pursuit of Peace.

Keywords: cryptanalysts; historians; university administrators; Power and the Pursuit of Peace; Sovereignty; Nationalism and the International System; biography; obituary

Chapter.  5290 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Theory, Methods, and Historiography

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