Comparing Apples and Oranges? Leading and Misleading Uses of Historical Analogies

  title={Comparing Apples and Oranges? Leading and Misleading Uses of Historical Analogies},
  author={Markus Kornprobst},
  journal={Millennium - Journal of International Studies},
  pages={29 - 49}
  • M. Kornprobst
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Sociology
  • Millennium - Journal of International Studies
Which uses of historical analogies help us compose an intelligible picture of international relations and which ones mislead us? This paper deals with this question on three levels. First, my epistemological argument makes a case for a rhetorical-pragmatist stance on historical analogies. I contend that critical discussion and adjudication make it possible to extract leads for a better understanding of the world from historical analogies. Second, my methodological argument proposes a frame of… 

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