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From the late fifteenth century onwards, scholars across Europe began to write books about how to read and evaluate histories. These pioneering works grew from complex early-modern debates about law, religion, and classical scholarship. Anthony Grafton's book is based on his Trevelyan Lectures of 2005, and it proves to be a powerful and imaginative exploration of some central themes in the history of European ideas. Grafton explains why so many of these works were written, why they attained so much insight – and why, in the centuries that followed, most scholars gradually forgot that they had existed. Elegant and accessible, What was History? is a deliberate evocation of E. H. Carr's celebrated Trevelyan Lectures on What is History?Read more
- Short and accessible work from one of the world's leading cultural historians
- Deliberate linkage with What Is History? by E. H. Carr, one of the best-selling history books of all time
- Anthony Grafton will have major transatlantic bookseller recognition, following success of his previous books, such as The Footnote
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- Date Published: March 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107606159
- length: 330 pages
- dimensions: 215 x 138 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.5kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
List of plates
1. Historical criticism in early modern Europe
2. The origins of the Ars historica: a question mal posée?
3. Method and madness in the Ars historica: three case studies
4. Death of a genre
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