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Author Bentley, Michael, 1948-

Title Modernizing England's past : English historiography in the age of modernism, 1870-1970 / Michael Bentley.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2005.

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 245 pages).
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Series Wiles lectures for 2003
Wiles lectures ; 2003.
Summary 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, Michael Bentley reveals the intellectual world of the modernists and offers the first 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 description.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prelude : after the Whigs -- Part I. The Whig legacy. Constitution and nation -- Church and state -- Empire and war -- Ghosts and intimations -- Part II. Modernist investments. New historians, new histories -- The new eighteenth century -- Ideological environments -- Modernist method -- Coda : after the modernists.
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Subject Historiography -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Historiography -- England -- History -- 20th century.
Chronological Term 1800-1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Bentley, Michael, 1948- Modernizing England's past. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005 9780521841788 (DLC) 2006296122 (OCoLC)61757105
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