MIRONOV V.V. F.S. Northedge and English School of International Relations

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2017.4.14

Viktor V. Mironov

Candidate of Sciences (History), Associate Professor,

Department of History and Theory of International Relations,

Omsk State University named after F.M. Dostoevsky, Mira St.,55a, 644077 Omsk, Russian Federation

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Abstract. This article is devoted to English historian F.S. Northedge (1918-1985) and his role in the development conception of international society and English School of International relations in 1960-1980.

This school consists of small group of scientists and diplomats, who were well educated in elite British universities like Cambridge and Oxford. They were acquainted with each other personally. British Committee for the Theory of International Politics in 1960-1970 was the center for the study of International Society. Such composition of the school demonstrated aristocratic character of the International relations study as intellectual pursuit in United Kingdom. Meanwhile, such people like Charles Manning, Fred Northedge, Edward Carr and some other famous people, who usually were English School members, did not taken part in the British Committee due to different reasons.

Thus, F.S. Northedge was untypical participant of English school and his scientific heritage need to be studied. Key factors of his biography and his views on International Policy are studies in the article. “Diplomatic style”, “System of the state” and “International society” were the central concepts in his works. He met with these ideas in the London School of economy, where Charles Manning, Martin Wight and Headley Bull – founders of English School - had worked at International relations chair in different time. The analysis of these categories let make conclusion that F. Northedge agreed with main ideas of English School of International relations. But at the same time he understood them very originally. His system of the views demonstrated that British Committee for the Theory of International Politics, but not London School of economy, was the main center for the development conception of International Society in 1960-1980.

Key words: F. Northedge, English school of international relations, historiography, international society, British Committee for the Theory of International Politics.

Citation. Mironov V.V. F.S. Northedge and English School of International Relations. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Serija 4, Istorija. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnoshenija [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2017, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 151-161. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2017.4.14.

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