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The Promotion of KnowledgeLectures to Mark the Centenary of the British Academy 1902-2002$
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John Morrill

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263129

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263129.001.0001

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A Hundred Years of Studying Politics: What have we got to show for it?

A Hundred Years of Studying Politics: What have we got to show for it?

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The Promotion of Knowledge

Brian Barry

British Academy

This chapter presents the text of a lecture on the study of the history of politics. It describes the kind of knowledge that the study of politics produces and argues that there exists useful knowledge about political institutions. It contends that the failure of attempts to construct a science of politics modelled on physics or on microeconomics has tended to obscure the value of the contributions of political history. It highlights the importance of political theory in clarifying ideas about what makes a society historically good or just or unjust.

Keywords:   politics, history, British Academy, centenary celebration, political institutions, political theory, society

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