What was History?: The Art of History in Early Modern Europe

What was History?: The Art of History in Early Modern Europe

by Anthony Grafton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052169714X

ISBN-13: 2900521697148

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

From the late-fifteenth century onwards, scholars across Europe began to write books about how to read and evaluate histories. These pioneering works - which often take surprisingly modern-sounding positions - grew from complex early modern debates about law, religion, and classical scholarship. In this book, based on the Trevelyan Lectures of 2005, Anthony Grafton

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From the late-fifteenth century onwards, scholars across Europe began to write books about how to read and evaluate histories. These pioneering works - which often take surprisingly modern-sounding positions - grew from complex early modern debates about law, religion, and classical scholarship. In this book, based on the Trevelyan Lectures of 2005, Anthony Grafton explains why so many of these works were written, why they attained so much insight - and why, in the centuries that followed, most scholars gradually forgot that they had existed. Elegant and accessible, What Was History? is a deliberate evocation of E. H. Carr's celebrated and icononclastic Trevelyan Lectures on What Is History?, and will appeal to a broad readership of students, scholars and historical enthusiasts. Anthony Grafton is one of the most celebrated historians writing in English today, and What Was History? is a powerful and imaginative exploration of some central themes in the history of European ideas.

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ISBN-13:
2900521697148
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
330

Table of Contents

List of illustrations     vi
Preface     vii
Historical criticism in early modern Europe     1
The origins of the ars historica: a question mal posee?     62
Method and madness in the ars historica: three case studies     123
Death of a genre     189
Bibliography     255
Index     305

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