Portrait of the realist as a historian: On anti-whiggism in the history of international relations

  title={Portrait of the realist as a historian: On anti-whiggism in the history of international relations},
  author={Nicolas Guilhot},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  pages={26 - 3}
  • N. Guilhot
  • Published 1 March 2015
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of International Relations
In recent years, a revisionist history of international relations theory has generated a complex and nuanced picture of classical realism. In doing so, it has also contributed, more often than not, to a normative rehabilitation of realism. Disciplinary historians, however, have been remarkably silent about the causes of their collective bias. This article explores the paradox of a disciplinary history that has often mobilized ‘anti-whig’ arguments in its battle against the potted history of… Expand
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