The system of odd and even numbers: Lewis Namier the diplomatic historian

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Sir Lewis Namier has left a deep, if contested, imprint on studies of eighteenth-century British political history. Namier the student of great power relations, by contrast, has been largely allowed to slide into oblivion. It is a curious fate, for in his day his public profile as a commentator on international affairs was very high. This article attempts to reconstruct Namier as a dfigiplomatic historian, the intellectual assumptions that underpinned his work, the manner in which he framed the study of European great power politics, and the methods he employed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-374
Number of pages24
JournalDiplomacy and Statecraft
Issue number2
Early online date4 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

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