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History and the Enlightenment

by Hugh Trevor-Roper Yale University Press
Pub Date:
03/2010
ISBN:
9780300139341
Format:
Hbk 352 pages
Price:
AU$69.00 NZ$73.04
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Arguably the leading British historian of his generation, Hugh Trevor-Roper (19142003) is most celebrated and admired as the author of essays. This volume brings together some of the most original and radical writings of his careermany hitherto inaccessible, one never before published, all demonstrating his piercing intellect, urbane wit, and gift for elegant, vivid narrative. This collection focuses on the writing and understanding of history in the eighteenth century and on the great historians and the intellectual context that inspired or provoked their writings. It combines incisive discussion of such figures as Gibbon, Hume, and Carlyle with broad sweeps of analysis and explication. Essays on the Scottish Enlightenment and the Romantic movement are balanced by intimate portraits of lesser-known historians whose significance Trevor-Roper took particular delight in revealing.
Praise for Hugh Trevor-Ropers The Invention of Scotland indispensable book.Andrew OHagan, New York Review of Books Andrew O?Hagan New York Review of Books 'In every way, this is a wonderfully intelligent and civilized book.'--Michael Dirda, Washington Post Michael Dirda Washington Post 'The pleasure afforded by these essays arises from their elegant and felicitous prose, spiced with acerbic asides.'--The New York Review of Books New York Review of Books
The late Hugh Trevor-Roper (Lord Dacre of Glanton) was Regius Professor of History at the University of Oxford. Among his numerous books is the best-selling The Hermit of Peking: The Hidden Life of Sir Edmund Backhouse.