Accommodating the World from Oxford

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


The decision to put in for the Montague Burton Chair at Oxford, a vacancy arising from Alistair Buchan’s sudden death in February 1976, was in many ways a logical one. Hélène Mitchell, who worked with Bull at the ANU as a research assistant, wrote to him at All Souls that same month:

You can imagine the speculation doing the rounds in the dep[artment] with the news of Alistair Buchan’s death – ‘Would HB be offered the Oxford Chair, and if offered would he accept?’ Would you?1

It was clear he would be missed if he did go.


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© Robert Ayson 2012

Authors and Affiliations

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

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