A Companion to Enlightenment Historiography
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|Format: ||Hardback, 510 pages|
|Published In: ||Netherlands, 24 May 2013|
A Companion to Enlightenment Historiography provides a survey of the most important historians and historiographical debates in the long eighteenth century, examining these debates' stylistic, philosophical and political significance. The chapters, many of which were specially commissioned for this volume, offer a mixture of accessible introduction and original interpretive argument; they will thus appeal both to the scholar of the period and the more general reader. Part I considers Gibbon, Hume, Robertson, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Herder and Vico. Part II explores wider themes of national and thematic context: English, Scottish, French and German Enlightenment historians are discussed, as are the concepts of historical progress, secularism, the origins of historicism and the deployments of Greek and Roman antiquity within 18th century historiography. Contributors are Robert Mankin, Simon Kow, Jeffrey Smitten, Rebecca Kingston, Siofra Pierse, Bertrand Binoche, Donald Phillip Verene, Ulrich Muhlack, David Allan, Noelle Gallagher, Francois-Emmanuel Boucher, Sandra Rudnick Luft, Sophie Bourgault, C. Akca Atac, and Robert Sparling.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors ... vii Introduction ... 1 ...Sophie Bourgault and Robert Sparling PART I: EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY HISTORIANS 1.. Edward Gibbon: Historian in Space ... 23 ...Robert Mankin 2.. Politics and Culture in Hume's History of England ... 61 ...Simon Kow 3. .William Robertson: The Minister as Historian ... 101 ...Jeffrey Smitten 4. .Montesquieu and Plutarch: Reflections on Historical Analysis in Broader Social Scientific Comparison ... 133 ...Rebecca Kingston 5. .Voltaire: Polemical Possibilities of History ... 153 ...Siofra Pierse 6. .Herder in 1774: An Incomplete Philosophy of History ... 189 ...Bertrand Binoche 7. .Giambattista Vico's New Science of the Common Nature of the Nations ... 217 ...Donald Phillip Verene PART II: THEMES AND REGIONAL CONTEXTS 8.. German Enlightenment Historiography and the Rise of Historicism ... 249 ...Ulrich Muhlack (Translation by Fiona Robb) 9.. Identity and Innovation: Historiography in the Scottish Enlightenment ... 307 ...David Allan 10.. The Beginnings of Enlightenment Historiography in Britain ... 343 ...Noelle Gallagher 11.. Philosophes, Anticlericalism, Reactionaries and Progress in French Enlightenment Historiography ... 373 ...Francois-Emmanuel Boucher 12. .The Divinity of Human Making and Doing in the 18th Century ... 401 ...Sandra Rudnick Luft 13.. Philhellenism among the philosophes: Ancient Greece in French Enlightenment Historiography ... 437 ...Sophie Bourgault 14.. Roman Historiography of Eighteenth-Century Britain Beyond Gibbon: Ancient Norms of Empire for Moderns ... 469 ...C. Akca Atac Index ... 505
About the Author
Sophie Bourgault is Assistant Professor of political theory at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Publications include articles on the musical thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and on appeals to the Ancients during the Enlightenment. Robert Sparling is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de Recherche en Ethique, Universite de Montreal (Canada). He is the author of Johann Georg Hamann and the Enlightenment Project (2011).
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