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By Richard Whatmore, Brian Young

A better half to highbrow History offers an in-depth survey of the perform of highbrow heritage as a self-discipline. 40 newly-commissioned chapters show off top international examine with wide insurance of each element of highbrow heritage because it is at the moment practiced. 

  • Presents an in-depth survey of contemporary learn and perform of highbrow history
  • Written in a transparent and obtainable demeanour, designed for a world audience
  • Surveys a few of the methodologies that experience arisen and the most historiographical debates that predicament highbrow historians
  • Pays distinct recognition to modern controversies, delivering readers with the most up-tp-date evaluate of the field
  • Demonstrates the ways that highbrow historians have contributed to the historical past of technological know-how and drugs, literary reports, artwork heritage and the background of political thought

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The development of the history of science over the past half‐century might seem the most obvious illustration of this pattern, but it is not difficult to see how intellectual history has been drawn upon by those intent on challenging a dominant paradigm or legitimating an unorthodox approach, as in the case of literary scholars uneasy with the implicit universalism of traditional critical practices, or of economists troubled by the exclusionary effect of neoclassical mathematical modelling, or of philosophers discontented by the emphasis on quasi‐logical techniques, and so on.

What is more, the empirical bent of English philosophy, at least until the 1980s, meant that few philosophers were inclined to consider history as a subject of theoretical scrutiny, and historians were happy to respect this lack of interest in their activities. G. Collingwood was more typical in being a trained philosopher interested in history, and in the philosophy of history. Once again, academic training is of relevance in this particular: Collingwood had read Literae Humaniores at Oxford, which involved the study of classical literature and ancient history alongside philosophy, thus preparing its students for a wide variety of subsequent academic interests.

That Burckhardt had predicted the rise of authoritarian regimes in Europe, and was thence subjected to posthumous neglect within academic historicist circles, only served to affirm his heroic status in Trevor‐Roper’s eyes. And it was with comment on Meinecke’s late lecture that Trevor‐Roper chose to close his own, given nearly 40 years later, when Burckhardt’s standing had understandably gained momentum just as Ranke’s had begun to wane (Trevor‐Roper, 2010: 246–65). Trevor‐Roper was born in the year during which the First World War began, and he came of age intellectually during the troubled 1930s; historians of the generation born in that fateful decade took a more forgiving and arguably a more scholarly ­perspective on historicism and its legacies.

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