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Sir Harold Nicolson and International Relations
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Sir Harold Nicolson and International Relations: The Practitioner as Theorist

Derek Drinkwater


Sir Harold Nicolson (1886–1968) is well known as a historian of diplomacy and diplomatic thinker. Yet his achievements in other fields—as a man of letters, gardener, broadcaster, and an unorthodox marriage—have obscured his contribution to the realm of international theory. Nicolson’s diplomatic background and upbringing in a diplomatic household, followed by an Oxford classical education and twenty years in diplomacy, combined to forge a distinctive philosophy of international affairs. As a diplomatic practitioner between 1909 and 1929, Nicolson was ideally placed to observe the maelstrom of ... More

Keywords: diplomacy, federalism, idealism, international order, international theory, liberal realism, peace, political theory, power, realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273850
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199273855.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Drinkwater, author
Visiting Fellow, Department of International relations, The Australian National University

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