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By Richard Whatmore, Brian Young

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

  • Presents an in-depth survey of contemporary learn and perform of highbrow history
  • Written in a transparent and available demeanour, designed for a world audience
  • Surveys a number of the methodologies that experience arisen and the most historiographical debates that obstacle highbrow historians
  • Pays particular recognition to modern controversies, offering readers with the most up-tp-date evaluation of the field
  • Demonstrates the ways that highbrow historians have contributed to the historical past of technological know-how and medication, literary reports, paintings background and the historical past of political thought

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1987, ‘The Languages of the Past and the Languages of the Historian: The History of Ideas in Theory and Practice,’ John Coffin Memorial Lecture, University of London. G. 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.

From another, it is to become familiar enough with past voices to be able to recognise, as we do in the case of those we associate with in the present, what is and is not ‘in character,’ and thus to ask ourselves different questions about those statements which are uncharacteristic. It is a part of our intellectual labour that may most often find issue in the apparently inconsequential and everyday adverbs which serve as rhetorical markers in our prose, signalling relation, attitude, expectation, as well as in those with which we qualify active verbs, indicating degrees of agency, features of manner, levels of intimacy or distance.

Returning the work of such figures to the settings in which it and they flourished, and excavating the – possibly very distant and alien – assumptions that prevailed in that setting, has been one of the main ways in which intellectual history has provided a vantage point from which the current character and disposition of disciplines can be understood and criticised. All scholarly writing is partly shaped by the anticipated interests and responses of its readers, and by its relation to the place its subject‐matter occupies in the wider culture.

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