John G. A. Pocock papers
- Pocock, J. G. A. (John Greville Agard), 1924- (Donor, Person)
Conditions Governing Use
11.43 Cubic Feet (7 record center boxes, 7 full size letter document boxes)
Pocock attended Medbury School from 1932 to 1937 and Christ's College in Christchurch, New Zealand from 1937 to 1941. From 1942 to 1946 he earned both bachelor's and master's degrees at Canterbury University College in the University of New Zealand. In 1948 he returned to England to obtain a PhD from Cambridge. He completed the degree in 1952 with a dissertation entitled "The Controversy Over the Origins of the Commons, 1675-88." He later rewrote it and published it in 1957 as The Ancient Constitution and the Feudal Law.
After completing his education, Pocock returned to New Zealand where he taught history at the University of Otago from 1953 to 1955. In 1956 he returned to Cambridge where he held a Research Fellowship until 1958. In 1959 Pocock went back to New Zealand and developed the Political Science Department the University of Canturbury, eventually serving as the first Head of Department. He stayed in New Zealand until 1965, occasionally traveling to England for research.
At the end of 1965, Pocock relocated to the United States to take up a position as a professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis. While there he became active in setting up the Conference for the Study of Political Thought and also held an Overseas Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge. He published his second book during this time, Politics, Language and Time, 1971. Pocock remained with Washington University until 1974, when he moved to Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University. The next year he published his third book, The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition. It was followed quickly by his fourth book, The Political Works of James Harrington.
Pocock remained with the Johns Hopkins University until he took emeritus status in 1994. During his time at Hopkins he published several more books, including: Virtue, Commerce and History (1985), The Ancient Constitution and the Feudal Law: A Reissue with Retrospect (1987), and Reflections on the Revolution in France (1987), Law, Sovereignty and History in a Divided Culture: The Case of the New Zealand Waitangi (1991), Barbarism and Religion (1999) as well as editing a number of other books.
Scope and Contents
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Most of the descriptions of materials were derived from Pocock's original titling.
Additionally, Pocock prefers the style of his author name to be: "J. G. A. Pocock," with deliberate spaces between his first and middle initials, and this format is reflected frequently in the finding aid.
- Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797
- College teachers
- Conference for the Study of Political Thought
- Gibbon, Edward, 1737-1794
- Great Britain
- History of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire (Gibbon, Edward)
- Johns Hopkins University. Department of History
- Machiavelli, Niccoló, 1469-1527
- Pocock, J. G. A. (John Greville Agard), 1924-
- Political science
- Publishers and publishing
- United States
- Whig Party (Great Britain)
- drafts (documents)
- letters (correspondence)
- manuscripts (documents)
- speeches (documents)
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