The Art of History: A Study of Four Great Historians of the Eighteenth Century

1st Edition

J. B. Black

Routledge
Published March 20, 2018
Reference - 194 Pages
ISBN 9781138124813 - CAT# Y214727
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Historiography

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Summary

The first important scholarly consideration of Enlightenment historiography of the twentieth century, this book, originally published in 1926, critically examines the ideas of Voltaire, Hume, Robertston and Gibbon with respect to the theory and practice of historiography. The substantial introduction outlines the main differences between the ideals of these literary-philosophical schools and those which prevailed among historians in the early 20th century. The author argues that history can never be devoid of philosphical and literary interest, and that if it concerns itself merely with the stablishment of fact, will be a discipline of "contracting horizons".

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