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.