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A companion to intellectual history by Richard Whatmore, Brian Young

By Richard Whatmore, Brian Young

A significant other to highbrow History offers an in-depth survey of the perform of highbrow background as a self-discipline. 40 newly-commissioned chapters exhibit prime worldwide learn with vast insurance of each point of highbrow historical past because it is at the moment practiced. 

  • Presents an in-depth survey of contemporary learn and perform of highbrow history
  • Written in a transparent and available demeanour, designed for a global audience
  • Surveys a few of the methodologies that experience arisen and the most historiographical debates that predicament highbrow historians
  • Pays exact recognition to modern controversies, delivering readers with the most up-tp-date assessment of the field
  • Demonstrates the ways that highbrow historians have contributed to the heritage of technology and medication, literary experiences, paintings background and the historical past of political thought

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But in reflecting on its ‘identity,’ it is also important to consider its place within the modern university and indeed within wider cultural debate. In institutional terms, intellectual historians are, of course, most likely to be found within History departments, but part of the activity’s distinctiveness lies in the way that it cannot be contained within the limits of an ­academic subdiscipline. One of the less noticed characteristics of intellectual history, especially when its subject‐matter is drawn from the past couple of centuries, is the way it colludes with an unease about, or even resistance to, the whole process of disciplinary specialisation.

Oxford: Oxford University Press. O. 1936, The Great Chain of Being: a Study of the History of an Idea. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. McMahon, Darrin M. and Moyn, Samuel. 2014, Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History. New York: Oxford University Press. T. 1896–1912, The History of European Thought in the Nineteenth Century, 4 vols. Edinburgh: Blackwood. Stephen, Leslie. 1876, The History of English Thought in the Eighteenth Century, 2 vols. London: Smith, Elder. Weber, Samuel.

One of the most common ways the intellectual historian is drawn into what I have elsewhere termed ‘the academic public sphere’ (Collini, 1999: 324) is in attempting to improve or correct this history. But this can be a fraught process for the intellectual historian, since it necessarily involves a tension between, on the one hand, cultivating his or her own patch with due scholarly circumspection, and, on the other, engaging in hard‐to‐delimit polemics about the bearing that such work has on the wider discourse about the disciplines.

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