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History, Religion, and Culture

History, Religion, and Culture
British Intellectual History 1750–1950

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Stefan Collini, Mark Phillips, J. G. A. Pocock, David Womersley, Brian Young, Blair Worden, William Thomas, John Drury, Boyd Hilton, John Burrow, Peter Mandler, Julia Stapleton
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  • Date Published: May 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521626392

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  • Modern British intellectual history has been a particularly flourishing field of enquiry in recent years, and these two tightly integrated volumes contain major new essays by almost all of its leading proponents. The contributors examine the history of British ideas over the past two centuries from a number of perspectives that together constitute a major new overview of the subject. History, Religion, and Culture begins with eighteenth-century historiography, especially Gibbon's Decline and Fall. It takes up different aspects of the place of religion in nineteenth-century cultural and political life, such as attitudes towards the native religions of India, the Victorian perception of Oliver Cromwell, and the religious sensibility of John Ruskin. Finally, in discussions which range up to the middle of the twentieth century, the volume explores relations between scientific ideas about change or development and assumptions about the nature and growth of the national community.

    • Extremely distinguished team of contributors
    • Essays in honour of two very eminent historians, but also a very attractive book in its own right
    • Of interest to a wide range of scholars and students
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521626392
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General introduction Stefan Collini
    Presentation of 'History, Religion, and Culture'
    Part I:
    1. Historical distance and the historiography of eighteenth-century Britain Mark Phillips
    2. Gibbon and the primitive church J. G. A. Pocock
    3. Gibbon's religious characters David Womersley
    Part II:
    4. 'The lust of empire and religious hate': Christianity, history, and India 1790–1820 Brian Young
    5. The Victorians and Oliver Cromwell Blair Worden
    6. Religion and politics in the Quarterly Review 1809–53 William Thomas
    7. Ruskin's way: Tout à fait comme un oiseau John Drury
    Part III:
    8. The politics of anatomy and an anatomy of politics c.1825–50 Boyd Hilton
    9. Images of time: from Carlylean vulcanism to sedimentary gradualism John Burrow
    10. 'Race' and 'nation' in mid-Victorian thought Peter Mandler
    11. Political thought and national identity 1850–1950 Julia Stapleton

  • Editors

    Stefan Collini, University of Cambridge

    Richard Whatmore, University of Sussex

    Brian Young, University of Sussex


    Stefan Collini, Mark Phillips, J. G. A. Pocock, David Womersley, Brian Young, Blair Worden, William Thomas, John Drury, Boyd Hilton, John Burrow, Peter Mandler, Julia Stapleton

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