Interregnum: Between London and Canberra

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


Bruce Miller eventually got his man. While still on his way from Leicester University to the ANU in 1962, Miller had tried to recruit his friend, ten years his junior, to a Professorial Fellowship in the same Department of International Relations he was joining.1 But Hedley Bull, who had told Miller that ‘he still had things to learn and do in England’,2 declined on that first time of asking. Sir John Crawford, the eminent Australian public servant who was Director of the ANU’s Research School of Pacific Studies, launched a second attempt when he lunched with Bull in London in early 1964. Bull declined once again. He explained to his parents back in Australia that while it was ‘nice to think we can still go there is we want to… I expect if we move into the house we shall want to stay put for a while’.3


International Relation Military Force International Politics Sovereign State International Theory 
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© Robert Ayson 2012

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

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