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A companion to intellectual history by Richard Whatmore, Brian Young

By Richard Whatmore, Brian Young

A spouse to highbrow History presents an in-depth survey of the perform of highbrow heritage as a self-discipline. 40 newly-commissioned chapters show off prime international examine with extensive insurance of each point of highbrow historical past because it is presently practiced. 

  • Presents an in-depth survey of modern examine and perform of highbrow history
  • Written in a transparent and obtainable demeanour, designed for a world audience
  • Surveys some of the methodologies that experience arisen and the most historiographical debates that crisis highbrow historians
  • Pays specific consciousness to modern controversies, supplying readers with the most up-tp-date review of the field
  • Demonstrates the ways that highbrow historians have contributed to the background of technology and drugs, literary stories, artwork background and the background of political thought

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Put otherwise, this is that activity of re‐description which we constantly carry on in our own ‘vague, rich intimate words,’ but in this case it is informed by a cultivated familiarity with the author or period in question. This is clearest when we consider how much is condensed into judgements about what is characteristic (or uncharacteristic), of a person, a literary or artistic style, a body of thought, a milieu or period. From one perspective, this is the positive obverse of anachronism, the ability to recognise what does and does not belong to a particular time.

As the ­outstanding recent work of Pocock on the various contexts in which to make historical sense of Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire magisterially demonstrates, the understanding of the work of one’s predecessors as historians makes unparalleled demands of its successful expositors (Pocock, 1999–2015). It is more than even usually the case that one needs to know at least as much what earlier scholars did not and could not know, as what they did and could know, if one is make sense of their historical writings.

1946, The Idea of History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 18 stefan collini Collini, Stefan. 1999, English Pasts: Essays in History and Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Collini, Stefan. 2000, ‘General Introduction,’ in Collini, Richard Whatmore, Brian Young, (eds), History, Religion, and Culture: British Intellectual History 1750–1950. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Collini, Stefan. 2001, ‘Disciplines, canons and publics: the history of “the history of political thought” in comparative perspective,’ in Dario Castiglione and Iain Hampsher‐Monk, (eds), The History of Political Thought in National Perspective.

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