WIGHT, (Robert James) Martin, 1913-1972, Professor, historian

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers of (Robert James) Martin Wight, [1939-1972], including research material for books and articles, texts of lectures and talks, conference papers, quotations, press cuttings and correspondence all on subjects including international politics, the United Nations and European unity, World War Two, religion, Russia, and the teaching of history; material relating to societies; and files on the teaching of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1913; educated at Hertford College, Oxford University; on staff of Chatham House, 1936-1938 and 1946-1949; Assistant Master, Haileybury College, 1938-1941; on staff of Nuffield College Colonial Research, Oxford University, 1941-1946; Journalist, The Observer , 1946-1947; Reader in International Relations, LSE, 1949-1961; Member of Council, Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1952-1972; Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, 1956-1957; Professor of History, University of Sussex, 1961-1972; Dean, School of European Studies, 1961-1969; died 1972. Publications: Editor of Diplomatic investigations: essays in the theory of international politics (George Allen and Unwin, London, 1966); British colonial constitutions (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1952); The development of the Legislative Council, 1606-1945 (Faber and Faber, London, 1946); The Gold Coast Legislative Council (Faber and Faber, London, 1947); edited by Hedley Bull Systems of state (Leicester University Press for the LSE, 1977), and Power politics (Leicester University Press for the RIIA, 1978); edited by Gabriele Wight and Brian Porter International theory: the three traditions (Leicester University Press for the RIIA, 1991).

Arrangement

Unsorted.

Conditions Governing Access

Closed until listed.

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Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the depositor and their heirs.

Custodial History

Given by the family in 2000.

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