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Inventing International Society

A History of the English School


Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Tim Dunne
    Pages 1-22
  3. Tim Dunne
    Pages 23-46
  4. Tim Dunne
    Pages 47-70
  5. Tim Dunne
    Pages 71-88
  6. Tim Dunne
    Pages 89-115
  7. Tim Dunne
    Pages 116-135
  8. Tim Dunne
    Pages 136-160
  9. Tim Dunne
    Pages 161-180
  10. Tim Dunne
    Pages 181-192
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 193-207

About this book


Inventing International Society is a narrative history of the English School of International Relations. After E.H. Carr departed from academic international relations in the late 1940s, Martin Wight became the most theoretically innovative scholar in the discipline. Wight found an institutional setting for his ideas in The British Committee, a group which Herbert Butterfield inaugurated in 1959. The book argues that this date should be regarded as the origin of a distinctive English School of International Relations. In addition to tracing the history of the School, the book argues that later English School scholars, such as Hedley Bull and R.J.Vincent, made a significant contribution to the new normative thinking in International Relations.


English international relations school

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International PoliticsUniversity of WalesAberystwythUK

About the authors

TIM DUNNE is an associate editor of the Review of International Studies. He was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 1993. Before then, he was at St Antony's College, Oxford, completing an M.Phil. and a D.Phil in International Relations. In addition to writing a number of articles and chapters on The English School, he has co-edited a book on human rights (with Nicholas J. Wheeler).

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