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Narratives of Enlightenment Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to Gibbon

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ISBN-10: 0521619440

ISBN-13: 9780521619448

Edition: N/A

Authors: Karen O'Brien, Howard Erskine-Hill, John Richetti

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Narratives of Enlightenment is an interdisciplinary study of cosmopolitan approaches to the past. It reappraises the work of five of the most important narrative historians of the century - Voltaire, David Hume, William Robertson, Edward Gibbon and the historian of the American Revolution, David Ramsay - in the context of political and national debates in France, Scotland, England and America; and it investigates the nature and degree of their intellectual investment in the idea of a common European civilisation. Karen OBrien combines the methodologies of literary criticism and intellectual history to explore debates about Enlightenments and the political uses of narrative. Where previous…    
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Acknowledgements and author�s note
Introduction: cosmopolitanism, narrative, history
Voltaire�s neoclassical poetics of history
European contexts in Hume�s History of England
William Robertson to the rescue of Scottish history
Robertson on the triumph of Europe and its empires
Emulation and revival: Gibbon�s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
David Ramsay�s sceptical history of the American Revolution