Hayden White, international history and questions too seldom posed

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This article assesses how far it is possible to discern any form of what we might term a Whitean sensibility amongst contemporary practitioners of the history of international politics. An audit of contemporary practice reveals a good deal of work which is frankly disappointing by the yardstick of White, some of which reflects at least a degree of sensitivity to his concerns, and some of which demonstrates both his clear stimulus and hopeful portents for the fruitful future application of his ideas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-123
Number of pages21
JournalRethinking History
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Hayden White
  • international history
  • textuality
  • emplotment
  • politics
  • historiography


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