Order and Violence: Hedley Bull and International Relations by J. D. B. Miller

Order and Violence: Hedley Bull and International Relations

EditorJ. D. B. Miller, R. J. Vincent

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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Hedley Bull, Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford from 1977 until his death in 1985, was one of the great scholars of his generation. He wrote within a tradition of political thought which he himself traced back to Hobbes and Hume and to Grotius and the naturallawyers. He not only added to the literature in this tradition, but he also showed how it could become a foundation for the study of International Relations. In this book, leading scholars attempt to come to terms with his contribution to the subject by offering essays on each of the major aspectsof his thought. The central political question in International Relations is how order might exist amidst anarchy. This was the question which Hedley Bull took as his starting-point for thought, and he returned to it throughout his career, notably in his major work, The Anarchical Society. The exploration ofthis question is the central theme in the present volume, and each of the authors take it as a point of departure and examine it from a different point of view - such as society, order, the Third World, strategy, and the contemporary system, and of professing the subject of International Relations.The return to fundamentals involved in this enterprise will make this volume an important and valuable work.The contributors are: J. D. B. Miller, Stanley Hoffman, R. J. Vincent, T. B. Millar, Robert Gilpin Jr., James Richardson, and Carsten Holbraad.

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J. D. B. Miller, Executive Director, The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. R. J. Vincent, late Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics.

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Title:Order and Violence: Hedley Bull and International RelationsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:228 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'Festschrifts far too frequently lapse into hagiolatry. That Order and Violence is not going to succumb to this tendency is evident from the opening pages where J.D.B. Miller presents a frank assessment of Hedley Bull as scholar and colleague. The subsequent essays are equally candid in notingthe shortcomings in Bull's work: his tendency to oscillate between rationalist and realist perspectives. There is, of course, much compensating discussion of the strengths of Bull's approach and of the enormous impact that he had on the international relations discipline.'John Ravenhill, Australian National University, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 11/92