Visitors to the Australian National University in Canberra interested in international affairs will normally find themselves visiting the Hedley Bull Building, the home of the Department of International Relations and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, and other academic units. There they will discover quite a range of memories and understandings of the scholar after whom this relatively new building is named. Amongst some they may find that Bull is regarded as a theorist of international relations. He was, after all, a Professor of International Relations at ANU for a decade from 1967, and it was while he was working there that Bull completed his magisterial book, The Anarchical Society, which was first published by Macmillan in 1977.1 This is the text upon which so much of his reputation as one of the world’s leading international relations theorists is based.


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  1. 1.
    Hedley Bull, The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics, Houndmills: Macmillan, 1977.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    J.D.B. Miller and R.J. Vincent (eds) Order and Violence: Hedley Bull and International Relations, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.Google Scholar
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    Coral Bell and Meredith Thatcher (eds) Remembering Hedley, Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence No. 170, Canberra: Australian National University E Press, 2008.Google Scholar

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  • Robert Ayson
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  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

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