Author profile: Lucian M. Ashworth

Lucian M. Ashworth is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at Memorial University. His research interests include the history of international thought, especially interwar International Relations (IR) theory, early geopolitics, and the origins of feminist IR. His most recent publication is A History of International Thought, published by Routledge in 2014.

How Should We Study the History of International Thought?

How Should We Study the History of International Thought?

An historical analysis of the rise and fall of ideas in IR shows a messy, idiosyncratic, and capricious process of multiple causes, ironies, and dilemmas.

Of Great Debates and the History of IR: Why the ‘Great Debate’ Story is Wrong

Of Great Debates and the History of IR: Why the ‘Great Debate’ Story is Wrong

Like our stories of a lost Arthurian world, the realist-idealist debate is a recent story that says more about IR over the last three decades than it does about the past.

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