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The Education of Hedley Bull

  • Robert Ayson
Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations Series book series (PSIR)

Abstract

There are many moments when Hedley Bull’s scholarship evokes a formidable range of influences, some of them formative. A number of these have remained hidden until now, but there are also times when the arguments of the mature Hedley Bull reflect the views he held as a very young and precocious student in Australia. But Bull’s education was about much more than formal instruction in the lecture theatres and tutorial rooms of Sydney University and Oxford. It was also about his interest in the cut and thrust of the debating hall which had developed well before he became an undergraduate arts student. It was also about his migration to the other side of a world which was still criss-crossed by old colonial ties, his experience of Oxford life as well as scholarship, the near accident of his first academic appointment in England’s capital city and an earlier than expected sabbatical year in the United States on leave from the London School of Economics.

Keywords

International Relation Political Theory Sovereign State Interwar Period Lecture Theatre 
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Notes

  1. 2.
    Hedley Bull, ‘The Rt. Hon. Dr Herbert Evatt’, The Fortian, vol. 45, December 1947, p. 3, Papers Held by Mary Bull, Oxford.Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    Hedley Bull, ‘Moral Education’, Essay for Philosophy II (Metaphysics Distinction) Michaelmas Term, 1950, Papers Held by Mary Bull, Oxford.Google Scholar
  3. 7.
    Hedley Bull, ‘Sophistry’, Vacation Essay for Philosophy II (Metaphysics) 1950, Papers Held by Mary Bull, Oxford.Google Scholar
  4. 26.
    Hedley Bull, ‘Gladstone’s View of the Empire’, Seminar Paper for History III, Distinction, 1951, p. 6. Papers held by Mary Bull, Oxford.Google Scholar
  5. 27.
    Hedley Bull, ‘Germany and Czechoslovakia to Munich’, Seminar Paper for History IV, Michaelmas Term, 1952, p. 11. Papers held by Mary Bull, Oxford.Google Scholar

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© Robert Ayson 2012

Authors and Affiliations

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

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