The Science of History in Victorian Britain: Making the Past Speak

The Science of History in Victorian Britain: Making the Past Speak

by Ian Hesketh

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The Science of History in Victorian Britain: Making the Past Speak by Ian Hesketh

New attitudes towards history in nineteenth-century Britain saw a rejection of romantic, literary techniques in favour of a professionalized, scientific methodology. The development of history as a scientific discipline was undertaken by several key historians of the Victorian period, influenced by German scientific history and British natural philosophy. This study examines parallels between the professionalization of both history and science at the time, which have previously been overlooked.

Hesketh challenges accepted notions of a single scientific approach to history. Instead, he draws on a variety of sources—monographs, lectures, correspondence—from eminent Victorian historians to uncover numerous competing discourses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822981848
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 01/15/2011
Series: Sci & Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 7 MB

Table of Contents

Cover Half Title Series Page Title Page Copyright Page Table of Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: That Never-Ending Battle 1. The Enlarging Horizon: Henry Thomas Buckle’s Science of History 2. The Sciences of History 3. Controversial Boys 4. Discipline and Disease; or, the Boundary Work of Scientific History 5. History from Nowhere 6. Broad Shadows and Little Histories 7. The Death of the Historian Epilogue: Froude’s Revenge Notes Works Cited Index

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