Acton and History

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Overview

This is an edited collection of Owen Chadwick's principal writings on Lord Acton, the distinguished Victorian historian and founder of The Cambridge Modern History. Some of the pieces are no longer readily available, while one has never before appeared in English. All have been revised, sometimes extensively. This book explains the important aspects of Acton's complex mind and his great contribution to historical studies. Professor Chadwick, himself a former holder of Acton's Regius Chair, is the leading senior authority both on Acton and on matters of church and state in the nineteenth century.
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Editorial Reviews

London Review of Books
To be the author of the best-known work of history never written is a guarantee of enduring celebrity, but also of lasting ridicule.
London Review of Books
To be the author of the best-known work of history never written is a guarantee of enduring celebrity, but also of lasting ridicule.
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"...Acton and History is a rare feast advancing understanding of one of the most engaging minds of modern history." James C. Holland, The Catholic Historical Review

"Chadwick's Acton and History is the very best of this group of important books...it is especially well written and is based on the most careful analyses of primary document." Religion and the Arts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521570749
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The making of an historian; 2. At the Vatican archives; 3. At the first Vatican Council; 4. After the Council; 5. Acton and Newman; 6. With Gladstone; 7. Döllinger and Acton; 8. Professor Lord Acton; 9. The Acton library.

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