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English pasts : essays in history and culture

Author: Stefan Collini
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, cop. 1999.
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Aimed at the non-specialist reader, this book presents a collection of essays. It covers such subjects as: the idea of 'the national past', the historian as social critic, the claims of Cultural  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stefan Collini
ISBN: 0198207794 9780198207795 0198207808 9780198207801
OCLC Number: 708519334
Description: 1 v. (VIII-348 p.) : couv. ill. en coul. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction ; PART I: HISTORIES ; 1. Writing 'the National History': Trevelyan and After ; 2. French Contrasts: From the Pantheon to Poets' Corner ; 3. Idealizing England: Elie Halevy and Lewis Namier ; 4. Speaking With Authority: The Historian as Social Critic ; 5. Victorian Values: from the Clapham Sect to the Clapham Omnibus ; PART II: MINDS ; 6. High Mind: John Stuart Mill ; 7. Literary Minds: Anthony Trollope and George Eliot ; 8. Young Minds: Charles Darwin and Bertrand Russell ; 9. Moral Mind: R. H. Tawney ; 10. Liberal Mind: Isaiah Berlin ; 11. Critical Minds: Raymond Williams and Richard Hoggart ; PART III: ARGUMENTS ; 12. Against Prodspeak: 'Research' in the Humanities ; 13. Grievance Studies: How not to do Cultural Criticism ; 14. Company Histories: CamU PLC and SocAnth Ltd ; 15. With Friends Like These: John Carey and Noel Annan ; 16. Before Another Tribunal : the Idea of the 'Non-specialist Public' ; Acknowledgements and References ; Index
Responsibility: Stefan Collini.
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fresh and topical. At his best - and these essays show him at his best - Collini is one of the sharpest observers and most mordant critics in English academic life. Felipe Fernandesz-Armesto, Weekend Read more...

 
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