The Promotion of Knowledge: Lectures to Mark the Centenary of the British Academy 1902-2002

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John Morrill
OUP/British Academy, Jul 15, 2004 - History - 213 pages
To mark its centenary in 2002, the British Academy invited leading universities around the UK to host public lectures on the current state of and future prospects for a cross section of the disciplines which fall within the Academy's compass. The Academy proposed the discipline and the universities nominated their preferred speakers. Those selected were drawn from Britain, Europe and the USA, and they rose magnificently to the challenge, while interpteting it in a way specific to their discipline. The eight essays (plus four commentaries) span the disciplines in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, from History of Art to International Relations and Geography. These are reflections on the stability and instability of the ways in which we organize knowledge and on how far the academic community can and should be involved in the shaping of public policy.
 

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Contents

What Have We Got
9
What is History Now?
29
The Adventures of the Optic Nerve
53
JOHN ELDERFIELD
78
Geographical KnowledgesPolitical Powers
87
Is there a Feminine Genius?
117
Between Anarchy and Community in International Relations
129
Ireland Scotland and Wales
163
Comments on the paper of Keith Robbins
181
An Irish Perspective
191
A Welsh Perspective
201
A PostUkanian Response to Keith Robbins
207
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John Morrill is at Professor of British and Irish History, University of Cambridge; Fellow of the British Academy.

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