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International relations’ first great debate: context and tradition

Vigneswaran, Darshan; Quirk, Joel


According to International Relations (IR) orthodoxy, the story of three Great Debates accounts for the most important theoretical developments in the discipline. Over the last decade, critical historiographers have established that the story of a First Debate, which tells of a struggle between idealism and realism between the 1920s and 1940s, is a misleading caricature of early academic international thought. This article adds to this critical literature by tracing the manner in which the story...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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