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  • ISBN 1859847331
  • ISBN13 978-1859847336
  • Language English
  • Author Jonathan Haslam
  • Publisher Verso; First Edition edition (September 17, 1999)
  • Pages 320
  • Formats mobi azw lrf lit
  • Category Biography
  • Subcategory Historical
  • Size ePub 1971 kb
  • Size Fb2 1991 kb
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Edward Hallet Carr is renowned as the historian of Soviet Russia, biographer of The Romantic Exiles, founder of the ‘realist’ approach to the study of International Relations and author of the classic Trevelyan lecture series, What is History? This sparkling biography reveals how intimately the historian’s grasp of statecraft is related to Carr’s own formative experiences at the center of political events. Seconded from Cambridge to the Foreign Office during World War I to administer the Allied blockade of the new Soviet Republic and attending the post-war Paris peace talks on behalf of the British, Carr witnessed at first hand the unfolding drama of the revolution which was to become the centerpiece of his life’s work. At the Foreign Office, and as Times leader writer during World War II, he was an influential opinion maker whose open-minded attitude to the Soviet Union deprived him of academic posts for the next decade. Jonathan Haslam paints a compelling psychological portrait of a man torn between a vicarious identification with the romance of revolution and the ruthless realism of his own intellectual formation. In his fascinating account of the creation of Carr’s vast 14 volume History of Soviet Russia, Haslam reveals a major historian at his craft.

Remarkably, Carr would complete three additional books before his death! Haslam ably traces the development of Carr's unfolding interpretation of the .

In Edward Hallet Carr’s definitive biography Jonathan Haslam paints a compelling portrait of a man torn between a vicarious identification with the romance of revolution and the ruthless realism of his own intellectual formation. First, it acknowledges the moral seriousness of rationalisation, but argues that the problem is hardly particular to political realists. Second, it argues that classical International Relations realists like EH Carr and Hans Morgenthau have a profound awareness of the corrupting effects of rationalisation and see realism as an antidote to this problem.

Jonathan Haslam paints a compelling psychological portrait of a man torn between a vicarious identification with the .

Jonathan Haslam paints a compelling psychological portrait of a man torn between a vicarious identification with the romance of revolution and the ruthless realism of his own intellectual formation.

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The Practice of History is a 1967 book by the historian Geoffrey Elton published by Fontana Books. Haslam, Jonathan (2000). The Vices of Integrity: . It is an examination of Elton's ideas of how history is, and should be, written. Elton's analysis of the historical method is one that is founded upon certain clear and fundamental principles and ideas that he thought lay behind history on the one hand and the construction of narrative by the historian on the other. p. 204. ISBN 1859842895.

Authors and affiliations. for a much fuller discussion of the issues raised here see the author’s biography of Carr, The Vices of Integrity: . Carr, 1892–1982 (London, Verso, 1999). Born and educated in an age of certainty, Carr matured and died in an age of doubt. Meanwhile, let the author record here his gratitude to the late Tamara Deutscher, who opened a window onto Carr’s life which no one else could have done.

The United States, it was once felt, could have a different foreign policy when isolated by two oceans in comparison to the later period when modern technology destroyed its isolation. Foreign policy is thus a function of geography modified by technology. The United States, commencing some time after the first third of the 19th century, had a further choice. It could live up to its self-image as a liberal constitutional democracy and follow a foreign policy of live and let live, in both respects serving as a role model for the rest of the world

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Chicago Distribution Center. Lars T. Lih, "Jonathan Haslam, The Vices of Integrity: E. Carr, 1892–1982," The Journal of Modern History 73, no. 4 (December 2001): 931-000.

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First things first: this is a marvelous biography, written by an acolyte, to be sure, but not uncritically. I cannot imagine that this work will ever be surpassed - the author uses masses of unpublished materials, and understands the published clearly better than almost anyone.

Dealing with the subject, an often prickly perfectionist with a prodigious capacity and ethic for work, moreover a man of repressed emotions leaving an impression of coldness (however false it may have been), must have been difficult. In addition, given Carr's erudition, his mastery of written Russian, German, and French, as well as his deep training in the classics, presents obstacles that only a very few could overcome. Haslam has handled them with quite amazing aplomb.

Finally, taking his lesson from his subject, the style is eminently readable, if not quite with the polish, and definitely not with the distant and bemused disdain, that Carr so often delivered, at least in his biographies, to his subjects' foibles.

In short, I am filled with admiration.

That said, there are at least two major issues that one can, and must, take with this book. First, it surely is clear by now, and should have even clear by the publication date of this work in 1999, that Carr was fundamentally wrong about his most cherished belief in history, namely that it must be concerned only with what is (and not what could have been) and moreover cannot be judgmental about it. The amazing collapse of the Soviet Union demonstrated for all to see just what a house of cards it had been, and just how illegitimate its existence. One can only wonder what Carr would have thought of that, and whether he would have been able to square that circle to overcome the implicit central contradiction it represented to his world view. As far as I can tell, Haslam does not seem to be aware of this, which is quite surprising, considering his sensitivity to his subject, to his subject's critics, and to their times.

Second, Carr's history of the Soviet Union is given vastly more space and credit than it warrants. I cannot speak for British schools, but this massive, 14 volume work does nothing but gather dust in the U.S. - it is not used anywhere here that I know of. And, the reason is very simple: while the scholarship is impeccable, as is always the case with Carr, the author made the most egregious mistake possible of an historian - he missed the forest for the trees. His meticulous citations of Soviet legislation is stunning, only exceeded by his omission of the most important aspect of this regime, namely its arbitrary nature. Legislation, laws, are important only if they are honored, and respected, by the society and especially by the executive and the judiciary. That this was not the case was obvious to anyone who lived there, but should have been apparent to any, even casual, outside observer: It fatally undermines the necessity for his careful chronicling of Soviet legislation.. Somehow, Carr's mental blinders prevented this, almost self-evident, reality from re-forming his world view. It was, in essence, a repeat of his ghastly mistake with Hitler, and it would have been a master stroke on Haslam's part to have examined these two cases and revealed their (evidently common) source. Unfortunately, that was not possible for this author, as he too, it seems, missed this forest.
E.H.Carr burst into the consciousness of every schoolboy in England studying History at 'A' level in 1961, when he published a series of lectures entitled 'What is History?' It was virtually a set book. No-one could contemplate an interview at a University without having read it, and possibly memorised it.

We found out later that he was not the only person to have written about the philosophy of history, and about historiography; and personally, I found that his much-praised 'Bolshevik Revolution' was (a) difficult to read and (b) overrated.

This book shows how far we were misled. The colossus was a man of straw: one of those brilliant scholars whose main aim in life was to be controversial, rather than illuminate. In the 1930s, he was an appeaser. In the 1950s he was effectively a propagandist for Communism. Nobody exposed him at the time; but nothing he wrote has lasting value. The author of this biography plays this down, as the title shows; but in my view he demonstrates the Vices without proving his case about the Integrity.

But it's a splendid read for anyone who ever read 'What is History?' and failed to understand what Carr was really driving at - that the Soviet Union was bound to win the Cold War. Carr died before the collapse of the USSR, which was just as well for him.

Stephen Cooper
Golden Lama
Very few biographies do exist about Ed. Carr. This biography by Haslam is definitely the best. Haslam himself being a student of Carr could not have made a better tribute to his and many other 'realists' teacher.
The hardest thing about Haslam's study is deciding what to praise first. Haslam draws on his incomparable understanding of Soviet diplomatic history to produce a simply faultless, and certainly definitive, biography. The analysis is endlessly provocative, the conclusions definitive. I bow before his genius.
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