Works on Martin Wight


Writings on Wight: A Bibliography

Compiled by Ian Hall, School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide

Asa Briggs, ‘Professor Martin Wight – European Studies at Sussex’, The Times, 21 July 1972, p. 14.

Hedley Bull, ‘Introduction: Martin Wight and the study of international relations’, in Martin Wight, Systems of States ed. Hedley Bull (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1977), pp. 1-20.

__ ‘Martin Wight and the theory of international relations’, in Martin Wight, International Theory: The Three Traditions ed. Gabriele Wight & Brian Porter (Leicester & London: Leicester University Press, 1991), pp. ix-xxiii.

Herbert Butterfield, Raison d’état: The Relations between Morality and Government (Sussex: Martin Wight Memorial Lecture, 1975).

Tim Dunne, ‘Colonial Encounters in International Society: Reading Wight, Writing Australia’, Australian Journal of International Affairs 51:3 (1997), pp. 309-323.

__ Inventing International Society: A History of the English School (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998).

__ ‘All Along the Watchtower: A Reply to the Critics of Inventing International Society, Cooperation and Conflict 35:2 (2000), pp. 227-238.

Richard Dyke, Letter on ‘Christian Pacifism’, Theology 195 (September 1936), pp. 175-176.

Roger Epp, The Augustinian Moment in International Politics: Niebuhr, Butterfield, Wight and the Reclaiming of a Tradition International Politics Occasional Research Paper, no 10 (Aberystwyth, 1991).

__ ‘Martin Wight: International Relations as a Realm of Persuasion’, in Francis A. Beer & Robert Hariman (eds.), Post-Realism: The Rhetorical Turn in International Relations (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1996), pp. 121-142.

__ ‘The English school on the frontiers of international society: a hermeneutic recollection’, Review of International Studies 28 (Special Issue) (1998), pp. 47-64.

Ian Hall, ‘Still the English Patient? Closures and Inventions in the English School’, International Affairs 77:4 (2001), pp. 931-942.

__ ‘Challenge and Response: The Lasting Engagement of Arnold J. Toynbee and Martin Wight’, International Relations 17:3 (2003), pp. 389-404.

__ The International Thought of Martin Wight (New York: Palgrave, 2006).

Pierre Hassner, ‘Between the Three Traditions: The philosophy of war and peace in historical perspective’, International Affairs 70:4 (1994), pp. 737-757.

Michael Howard, ‘Ethics and Power in International Politics’, in his The Causes of Wars (London: Unwin, 1983), pp. 49-64. Third Martin Wight memorial lecture.

Alan James, ‘Michael Nicholson on Martin Wight: a mind passing in the night’, Review of International Studies 8:2 (1982), pp. 117-124.

Robert Jackson, ‘Martin Wight, International Thought and the Good Life’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies 19:2 (1990), pp. 261-272.

__ ‘Martin Wight’s Thought on Diplomacy’, Diplomacy and Statecraft 13:2 (2002), pp. 1-28.

__ Classical and Modern Thought on International Relations: From Anarchy to Cosmopolis (New York: Palgrave, 2005).

Roy Jones, ‘The English school of international relations: a case for closure’, Review of International Studies 7:1 (1981), pp. 1-13.

Elie Kedourie, ‘Religion and Politics: Arnold Toynbee and Martin Wight’, British Journal of International Studies 5 (1979), pp. 6-14.

Donald M. MacKinnon, ‘Power Politics and Religious Faith’, in his Themes in Theology: The Three-Fold Cord (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1987), pp. 44-66.

C. A. W. Manning, ‘Professor Martin Wight’, The Times, 21 July 1972, p. 14.

Seán Molloy, ‘The Realist Logic of International Society’, Cooperation and Conflict 38:2 (2003), pp. 83-99.

Michael Nicholson, ‘The enigma of Martin Wight’, Review of International Studies 7:1 (1981), pp. 15-22.

__ ‘Martin Wight: Enigma or Error’, Review of International Studies 8:1 (1982), pp. 125-128.

H. G. Pitt, ‘Wight, (Robert James) Martin (1913-1972)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), online at:

Brian Porter, Review of Ian Hall, The International Thought of Martin Wight, International Affairs, 83, 4 (2007).

__, ‘Patterns of Thought and Practice: Martin Wight’s International Theory’, in Michael Donelan (ed.), The Reason of States: A Study in International Political Theory (London: Allen & Unwin, 1978), pp. 64-74.

Scott M. Thomas, ‘Faith, History and Martin Wight: The Role of Religion in the Historical Sociology of International Relations’, International Affairs 77:4 (October 2001), pp. 905-929.

Kenneth W. Thompson, Masters of International Thought: Major Twentieth-Century Theorists and the World Crisis (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1980).

Cynthia Weber, ‘Reading MartinWight’s ‘Why is there no International Theory?’ as history’, Alternatives 23:3 (1998), pp. 451-470.

David Yost, ‘Political Philosophy and International Relations’, International Affairs 70:2 (1994), pp. 263-290.


Reviews of Wight’s books

Geoffrey Best, ‘International Theory: The Three Traditions’, Times Literary Supplement 4647 (24 April 1992), pp. 7-8.

Alan Bullock, Review of Wight, Power Politics, International Affairs 25:2 (1949), pp. 194.

Murray Forsyth, ‘The Classical Theory of International Relations’, Political Studies 26:3 (1978), pp. 411-416. Review of Wight’s Power Politics.

Adam Heal, Review of Wight, Four Seminal Thinkers, International Affairs 82:3 (March 2006), pp. 372-373.

Robert Jackson, Review of Wight, International Theory, The World Today 48:2 (1992), p. 55.

Robert Keohane, Review of Wight, International Theory, American Political Science Review 86:4 (1992), pp. 1112-1113.

W. H. McNeill, Review of Wight, International Theory, The Historian 55:2 (1993), pp. 370-372.

Hans Morgenthau, Review of Butterfield & Wight, Diplomatic Investigations, Political Science Quarterly 82:3 (1967), pp. 462-463.

Cornelia Navari, Review of Wight, International Theory, International Affairs 68:2 (1992), pp. 321-322.

R. R. Oglesby, Review of Wight, Power Politics, American Journal of International Law 44:3 (1950), pp. 605-606.

Hugh Seton-Watson, Review of Wight, Power Politics, International Affairs 55:3 (1979), p. 438.