Author profile: Maïa Pal

Maïa Pal is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Oxford Brookes University. Her work reconstructs modern histories of European state formation and their empires through the practice of extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Introducing Marxism in International Relations Theory

Introducing Marxism in International Relations Theory

Karl Marx wrote that philosophy is often too concerned with interpreting the world, when the real point is to change it. Marxism answers that call by challenging dominant ideas such as capitalism and the state.

Bill Woodrow's 'Sitting On History' was purchased for the British Library by Carl Djerassi and Diane Middlebrook in 1997. It was photographed in the foyer (lobby) of the British Library. Sitting on History, with its ball and chain, refers to the book as the captor of information which we cannot escape.

Information above gleaned from information sheet available at the British Library information desk

The bust you can see top left is Sir Colin St John Wilson RA - Celia Scott, 1998 - a gift from the American Trust for the British Library

The Past Is Dead. Long Live the Past! A Manifesto for (Teaching) Social Change

Historiography becomes not only a valuable object of study, but also a crucial reminder that every present has its own version of the past.

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