Samuel Rawson Gardiner and the Idea of History - Royal Historical Society Studies in History v. 76 (Hardback)Mark Nixon (author)
Hardback 220 Pages / Published: 17/02/2011
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Samuel Rawson Gardiner [1829-1902] is the colossus of seventeenth-century historiography. His twenty-volume history of Britain from 1603 to 1656 and his many editions of key texts still serve to underpin almost all study of the Civil Wars and of the Commonwealth and Protectorate. Yet, despite his importance, his work has often been reduced by historians of historiography to simple caricature, in which his personal politics and his denominational allegiances got the better of his worthy empiricism. This book seeks to challenge the inadequate view of him and his work, offering a rich contextualisation by locating his writings within a wide range of literary and philosophical milieux, British and continental European. In so doing it not only suggests new ways of looking at Victorian historiography in general, but also proposes a new approach to the growing history of historical writing. Mark Nixon is an independent scholar and museum curator.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 220
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
A lively and interesting discussion. . [It] is a valuable contribution not only to the study of Gardiner and of nineteenth-century historiography, but also to Gardiner's period, the age of the early Stuarts and of the Puritan Revolution. INTELLECTUAL HISTORY REVIEW A significant reappraisal of Gardiner [and] a much more subtle and complex portrait than that conventionally offered. [...] This is a compelling first book based squarely on impressive research. CLIO
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