Still 'Marking Time'? Text, Discourse and Truth in International History

This article explores the ambivalent if not hostile responses of mainstream international historians to what is generally characterized as ¿postmodernism¿. It attempts to trace the roots of this antagonism in the sub-discipline's culture and historical evolution as a distinctive mode of knowledge creation with very particular links to the real worlds of politics and international relations. It then suggests that maintaining this sceptical attitude towards ¿theory¿ incurs costs for international history that are too seldom recognized, and explores the potential of post-structuralist-inspired critical historiography and discourse analysis approaches to reinvigorate practice.