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The Wiles Lectures: Modernizing England's Past: English Historiography in the Age of Modernism, 1870-1970 (Hardback)
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The Wiles Lectures: Modernizing England's Past: English Historiography in the Age of Modernism, 1870-1970 (Hardback)

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Hardback 254 Pages / Published: 12/01/2006
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What came before 'postmodernism' in historical studies? By thinking through the assumptions, methods and cast of mind of English historians writing between about 1870 and 1970, this book reveals the intellectual world of the modernists and offers a full analysis of English historiography in this crucial period. Modernist historiography set itself the objective of going beyond the colourful narratives of 'whigs' and 'popularizers' in order to establish history as the queen of the humanities and as a rival to the sciences as a vehicle of knowledge. Professor Bentley does not follow those who deride modernism as 'positivist' or 'empiricist' but instead shows how it set in train brilliant new styles of investigation that transformed how historians understood the English past. But he shows how these strengths were eventually outweighed by inherent confusions and misapprehensions that threatened to kill the very subject that the modernists had intended to sustain.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521841788
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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"This study is full of valuable insights and information; it provides a personal view of the strengths and weaknesses of the major English historians of their own country for more than a century." --Peter Stansky, Stanford University: Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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