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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1403: Comparing Politics: Opportunities, Risks, Practices - A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:British Academy Network: Political Culture in Comparison
Organiser:Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/Chair:Michael Clanchy, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Comparative history is something that historians repeatedly argue should be done, but which few of them practise. This session is aimed at discussing the oft-proclaimed advantages of a comparative approach, but also to explore the reasons why so few historians actually practise it. Do the results live up to the promises? What are the strengths and shortcomings of a comparative approach to history? Whilst focusing on political history, this round table will address relevant issues well beyond its immediate thematic focus, and it will approach them from a comparative perspective that extends well beyond the medieval West alone.
Participants include Sverre Bagge (Universitetet i Bergen), David A. Carpenter (University of London), Christoph Egger (Universität Wien), Hugh Kennedy (University of St Andrews), Jonathan E. Shepard (University of Cambridge), and Jo Van Steenbergen (University of St Andrews).