Martin Wight: A Bibliography

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

Wight’s publications divide themselves into a number of categories: books, book chapters, articles and correspondence, as well as the very many short book reviews, which are listed separately at the end.
There are some publications yet to be identified, including the many articles Wight wrote during his time in the United States – under his own name and under that of ‘a special correspondent’ – for The Observer, in 1945-46. Most of these articles seem to have been preserved in the Wight MSS held in the British Library of Political and Economic Sciences (BLPES) in London. He probably also, given the extant evidence in this papers, contributed a number of articles and reviews to The Economist, but these were, of course, published anonymously.

Books, Chapters, Articles and Correspondence

‘Christian Pacifism’, Theology, 33:193 (July 1936), pp. 12-21.

Letter on ‘Christian Pacifism’, Theology 33:198 (December 1936), pp. 367-368.

‘The Tanaka Memorial’, History 27 (March 1943), pp. 61-68.

Power Politics Looking Forward Pamphlet, no. 8 (London: Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1946).

The Development of the Legislative Council 1606-1945, vol. 1 (London: Faber & Faber, 1946).

‘Sarawak’, New Statesman and Nation 31, 8 June 1946, pp. 413-414.

The Gold Coast Legislative Council (London: Faber & Faber, 1947).

‘The World’s Churches’, The Observer, 22 August 1948, p. 4.

‘The Church, Russia and the West’, A Ecumenical Review: a Quarterly, 1:1 (Autumn 1948), pp. 25-45.

‘History and Judgment: Butterfield, Niebuhr and the Technical Historian’, The Frontier: A Christian Commentary on the Common Life, 1:8 (August 1950), pp. 301-314.

With W. Arthur Lewis, Michael Scott & Colin Legum, Attitude to Africa (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1951).

Preface & amendments to revised edition of Harold J. Laski, An Introduction to Politics (London: Allen & Unwin, 1951).

British Colonial Constitutions 1947 (Oxford: Clarendon, 1952).

‘Spain and Portugal’, ‘Switzerland, The Low Countries, and Scandinavia’, ‘Eastern Europe’, ‘Germany’ & ‘The Balance of Power’ in A. J. Toynbee & F. T. Ashton-Gwatkin (eds.) Survey of International Affairs 1939-1946: The World in March 1939 (London: Oxford University Press & Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1952), pp.138-150, pp. 151-165, pp. 206-292, pp. 293-365 & pp. 508-532.

Note on A (III) (a) Annex I ‘Spiritual Achievement and Material Achievement’, ‘The Crux for an Historian brought up in the Christian Tradition’ & numerous notes in Arnold J. Toynbee, A Study of History, vol. VII (London: OUP & RIIA, 1954), pp. 711-715 & pp. 737-748.

Letters in Counsels of Hope: The Toynbee-Jerrold Controversy (London: Times Publishing Company, 1954), pp. 18-21 & pp. 30-32.

‘What Makes a Good Historian?’, The Listener 53:1355, 17 February 1955, pp. 283-4.

‘War and International Politics’, The Listener, 54:1389, 13 October 1955, pp. 584-585.

‘The Power Struggle within the United Nations’, Proceedings of the Institute of World Affairs, 33th session (Los Angeles: USC, 1956), pp. 247-259.

‘Brutus in Foreign Policy: The Memoirs of Sir Anthony Eden’, International Affairs vol. 36, no. 3 (July 1960), pp. 299-309.

‘New History in Old Forms’, review of J. Bronowski & Bruce Mazlish, The Western Intellectual Tradition, The Economist (3 December 1960), p. 1021.

‘Are they Classical’, Times Literary Supplement 3171, 7 December 1962, p. 955 & 3176, 11 January 1963, p. 25.

‘The Place of Classics in a New University’, Didaskalos: The Journal of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, 1:1 (1963), pp. 27-36.

‘Does Peace Take Care of Itself’, Views 2 (1963), pp. 93-95.

‘European Studies’ in D. Daiches (ed.), The Idea of a New University: An Experiment in Sussex (London: Andre Deutsch, 1964), pp. 100-119.

‘Why is there no International Theory?’, ‘Western Values in International Relations’ & ‘The Balance of Power’ in Herbert Butterfield & Martin Wight (eds.), Diplomatic Investigations: Essays in the Theory of International Politics (London: Allen & Unwin, 1966), pp. 17-34, pp. 89-131 & pp. 149-175.

‘The Balance of Power and International Order’, in Alan James (ed.), The Bases of International Order: Essays in honour of C. A. W. Manning (London: OUP, 1973), pp. 85-115.

‘Arnold Toynbee: An Appreciation’, International Affairs 52:1(January 1976), pp.11-13.

Systems of States ed. Hedley Bull, (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1977).

‘Is the Commonwealth a Non-Hobbesian Institution?’, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 26:2 (July 1978), pp. 119-135.

‘An Anatomy of International Thought’, Review of International Studies 13 (1987), pp. 221-227.

International Theory: The Three Traditions ed. Gabriele Wight & Brian Porter (Leicester & London: Leicester University Press, 1991).

Power Politics (2nd ed.) edited by Hedley Bull & Carstaan Holbraad (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1995).

‘On the Abolition of War: Observations on a Memorandum by Walter Millis’, in Harry Bauer & Elisabetta Brighi (eds.), International Relations at LSE: A History of 75 Years (London: Millennium Publishing Group, 2003), pp. 51-60.

Four Seminal Thinkers in International Theory: Machiavelli, Grotius, Kant and Mazzini ed. Gabriele Wight & Brian Porter (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).



Short Book Reviews

Some reviews are titled, but if they are not, only the author and short title of the book reviewed are given. International Affairs is abbreviated to IA.

J. A. R. Marriott, The British Empire and Commonwealth, IA 18:6 (1939), p. 845.

W. N. Medlicott, British Foreign Policy since Versailles, International Affairs Review Supplement 19:11 (1943), p. 591.

‘The Realist’s Utopia’, on E. H. Carr, The Twenty Year’s Crisis, The Observer, 21 July 1946, p. 3.

John Middleton Murry, Truth or Perish, IA 22:4 (October 1946), p. 542.

Henrique de Pinheiro, The World State or the New Order of Common Sense, IA 22:4 (October 1946), p. 542.

Ely Culbertson, Must we Fight Russia?, IA, 22:4 (October 1946), p. 543.

Leland M. Goodrich, Charter of the United Nations, IA 23:1 (1947), p. 80.

C. E. M. Joad, Conditions of Survival, IA, 23:1 (January 1947), p. 81.

Salvador de Madriaga, First Principles I: World Government & R. M. MacIver, First Principles II: Fundamentals of International Order, IA, 23:1 (January 1947), p. 82.

‘The March of History’, on D. C. Somervell’s abridgement of Arnold. J. Toynbee’s A Study of History I-VI, The Observer, 5 January 1947, p. 3.

Viscount Samuel, Persuasion or Force, IA, 23:3 (July 1947), p. 379.

Winston Churchill, Victory: War Speeches, IA, 23:3 (July 1947), pp. 379-80.

J. L. Brierly, The Covenant and the Charter, IA, 23:3 (July 1947), pp. 381-82.

W. E. F. Ward, A History of the Gold Coast, IA 23:3 (July 1947), p. 384.

David Mitrany, A Working Peace System, IA, 23:3 (July 1947), p. 384.

A Christian Yearbook, IA 23:3 (July 1947), pp. 377-378.

Winston Churchill, Victory, IA 23:3 (July 1947), pp. 379-380.

Reinhold Niebuhr, Discerning the Signs of the Times, IA, 23:4 (October 1947), pp. 558-559.

British Council of Churches, The Era of Atomic Power, IA, 23:4 (October 1947), pp. 568-569.

Sir Charles Petrie, Diplomatic History 1713-1933, IA, 23:4 (October 1947), p. 574.

A. L. Rowse, The Use of History & R. G. Collingwood, The Idea of History, IA, 23:4 (1947), pp. 575-577.

W. W. Rostow, The American Diplomatic Revolution, IA 23:4 (1947), pp. 610-611.

William C. Bullitt, The Great Globe Itself, IA 23:4 (1947), pp. 611-612.

Fances Perkins, The Roosevelt I Knew, IA 24:1 (January 1948), pp. 144-145.

Ruhl J. Bartlett, The Record of American Diplomacy, IA 24:1 (January 1948), p. 148.

Keith Hancock, Politics in Pitcairn, IA, 24:2 (April 1948), p. 248.

Don Luigi Sturzo, Nationalism and Internationalism, IA 24:2 (1948).

John Gunther, Inside U.S.A, IA 24:2 (April 1948), pp. 304-305.

‘Reason and Revelation’, review of E. Brunner, Christianity and Civilization & E. Lampart, The Apocalypse of History: Problems of Providence and Human Destiny, The Observer, 17 October 1948, p. 3.

The Church and the Atom, IA, 25:1 (January 1949), p. 74.

‘Fall of an Empire’, on A. J. P. Taylor, Habsburg Monarchy, The Observer, 13 February 1949, p. 3.

Robert E. Sherwood, The White House Papers of Harry L. Hopkins, IA 25:2 (April 1949), pp. 207-208.

A.J.P. Taylor, The Habsburg Monarchy, IA 25:3 (July 1949), pp. 369-370.

Elizabeth Wiskemann, The Rome-Berlin Axis, IA 25:3 (July 1949), pp. 370-371.

Harold Laski, The American Democracy, IA 25:3 (July 1949), pp. 394-395.

‘History’s Theme’, on Herbert Butterfield, Christianity and History, The Observer 23 October 1949, p. 7.

Halford L. Hoskins, The Atlantic Pact, IA 26:3 (1950), p. 382.

Lancelot Hogben, The New Authoritarianism, IA 26:3 (1950), pp. 385-386.

Mildred Adams & William W. Wade, Britain’s Road to Recovery, IA 26:3 (1950), p. 420.

‘The Policy of Containment’, on Barbara Ward, Policy of the West, The Observer 18 February 1951, p. 7.

‘Professor Telders’ Study Group for International Law, et al., United Nations Textbook, IA 27:2 (April 1951), 218.

‘Portrait of a Philosopher’, on Michael de la Bedoyère, The Life of Baron von Hügel, The Observer, 17 June 1951, p. 7.

‘The Tragedy of History’, on Herbert Butterfield, History and Human Relations, The Observer 2 September 1951, p. 7.

‘Problems of Mass Democracy’, on E. H. Carr, The New Society, The Observer, 23 September 1951, p. 7.

‘Two Nations in Travail’, on Edouard Perroy, The Hundred Years War, The Observer, 30 December 1951, p. 7.

John U. Nef, War and Human Progress, IA 28:2 (1952), p. 200.

Paul Blanshard, Communism, Democracy and Catholic Power, IA 28:2 (1952), p. 201.

John MacLaurin, The United Nations and Power Politics, IA 28:2 (1952), pp. 212-213.

Christopher Dawson, Understanding Europe, IA, 29:3 (July 1953), p. 341.

L. C. White & M R. Zocca, International Non-Governmental Organizations, IA 28:3 (1952), pp. 369.

Jonathan Daniels, Man of Independence, IA 28:3 (1952), p. 403.

Frederick Hartmann, Basic Documents of International Relations & Claude-Albert Colliard, Droit International et Histoire Diplomatique, IA 28:3 (1952), p. 407.

‘Morals and Warfare’, on Butterfield, Christianity, Diplomacy and War, The Observer, 16 August 1953, p. 7.

J. Fasnacht, Acton’s Political Philosophy & Lord Acton, Essays on Church and State, IA, 29:4 (October 1953), p. 474.

Herbert Butterfield, Liberty in the Modern World, IA, 29:4 (October 1953), pp. 475-476.

Douglas Jerrold, The Lie about the West, IA, 30:3 (July 1954), pp. 352-353.

Eric Voegelin, The New Science of Politics, IA, 31:3 (July 1955), pp. 336-337.

Ernst Zahn, Toynbee und das Problem der Geschichte, British Journal of Sociology 6:4 (December 1955), p. 389-390.

Monica Popper, A Bibliography of the Works in English of Arnold Toynbee, IA 32:1 (1956), pp. 135-136.

Friedrich Meinecke, Machiavellism, IA, 34:1 (January 1958), p. 69.

Hans Kohn, American Nationalism, IA 34:2 (April 1958), p. 262.

Karl Popper, The Poverty of Historicism, IA, 34:3 (July 1958), p. 335.

Hans Morgenthau, Dilemmas of Politics, IA 35:2 (1959), pp. 199-200.

Gustav Wetter & Peter Heath, Dialectical Materialism, IA 35:4 (1959), p. 481.

John H. Herz, International Politics in the Atomic Age, American Political Science Review 54:4 (December 1960), p. 1057.

Hugh Seton-Watson, Neither War nor Peace, IA, 36:4 (October 1960), pp. 495-496.

Stephen D. Kertesz & M. A. Fitzsimmons, Diplomacy in a Changing World, IA, 36:4 (October 1960), p. 497.

Arnold Brecht, Political Theory, IA, 36:4 (October 1960), pp. 500-501.

Henry L. Mason, Toynbee’s Approach to World Politics, IA, 36:4 (October 1960), p. 501.

Rupert Emerson, From Empire to Nation, IA, 37:3 (July 1961), pp. 343-344.

K. W. Thompson, Political Realism and the Crisis of World Politics, IA, 37:3 (July 1961), p. 344.

J. L. Talmon, Political Messianism, IA, 38:2 (April 1962), pp. 224.

Ada Bozeman, Politics and Culture in International History, IA, 38:2 (April 1962), pp. 228-29.