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What was history? : the art of history in early modern Europe

Author: Anthony Grafton
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 - which often take surprisingly modern-sounding positions - grew from complex early-modern debates about law, religion, and classical scholarship. In this book, based on the Trevelyan Lectures of 2005, Anthony Grafton explains why so many of these works were written,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Jean Bodin; Francesco Patrizi; Reiner Reineck
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Grafton
ISBN: 9780521874359 0521874351 9780521697149 052169714X
OCLC Number: 74523319
Notes: "This book is a revised and enlarged version of the four George Macaulay Trevelyan Lectures that I had the honor of delivering at Cambridge University in January and February 2005"--Page vii.
Description: ix, 319 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Historical criticism in early modern Europe --
2. The origins of ars historica : a questions mal posée? --
3. Method and madness in the ars historica : three case studies --
4. Death of a genre.
Responsibility: Anthony Grafton.
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One of the world's leading cultural historians on writing about history in early modern Europe.  Read more...

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'What was History? exhibits all [Grafton's] customary virtues of wit, learning, and literary sprightliness.' The New York Review

 
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