1984 volume 11(2) pages 133 – 138

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Sutcliffe A R, 1984, "Cross-national research: the historian's perspective" Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 11(2) 133 – 138

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Cross-national research: the historian's perspective

A R Sutcliffe

Received 8 December 1983; in revised form 21 March 1984

Abstract. Cross-national research is a reflection of international relations, which arose with the creation of national states and their proliferation, in association with the industrial process, since the nineteenth century. It implies spatial comparisons, but comparative research now increasingly incorporates a time dimension as well. Within space-time, historians can contribute to policy evaluation and even formulation. In cross-national research, Britain has an important coordinating role to play, a legacy of its early leadership in the industrial process and its creation of a world economic system. That world role, no longer sustainable economically, is now embodied in the universality of the English language and the excellence of British universities.

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