The three traditions in history: A dialogic text

Chiaruzzi, Michele and Devetak, Richard (2010) The three traditions in history: A dialogic text. Global Change, Peace and Security, 22 1: 121-128. doi:10.1080/14781150903488061

Author Chiaruzzi, Michele
Devetak, Richard
Title The three traditions in history: A dialogic text
Journal name Global Change, Peace and Security   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-1158
Publication date 2010-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14781150903488061
Volume 22
Issue 1
Start page 121
End page 128
Total pages 8
Editor Stephen James
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Imaginary dialogues may have been a persistent feature of political and international thought from Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War and Plato’s Republic to Hobbes’s Behemoth, but they are far less common in modern times.

In a little-known, obscure essay published in 1952, Martin Wight seems to have embraced this method in an effort to analyse Europe’s balance of power as it was precariously poised in March 1939. But Wight does more than just analyse the balance of power here, he also dramatizes it; breathing life back into the protagonists of Europe’s 20 years’ crisis as they face the consequences of Hitler’s 15 March invasion of Czechoslovakia. By putting words into the protagonists’ mouths in the style of Thucydides, Wight is able to reconstruct the situation, with all its ideological disagreements, political grievances and strategic interests.

Michele Chiaruzzi’s article is a reflection on this dialogic text written by Wight for the Royal Institute of International Affairs’s Survey of International Affairs, a series under the editorship of Arnold J. Toynbee.

The article that follows appears as an Epilogue to Chiaruzzi’s eloquent recent book, Politica di Potenza nell’Età del Leviatano: La Teoria Internazionale di Martin Wight (Power Politics in the Age of Leviathan: The International Theory of Martin Wight). This book straddles two bodies of literature: the ever-expanding literature on the English School and its key protagonists, and the Italian study of international relations theory.

Chiaruzzi ends his book with the following Epilogue which serves as an introduction to an Italian translation of Wight’s three-cornered dialogue. It is to be hoped that Chiaruzzi’s efforts will at least raise awareness of Wight’s neglected essay on the balance of power and encourage greater reflection on the insights yielded through dialogic texts, but if it encourages greater interest in Italian contributions to the study of international, so much the better.
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