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By Richard Whatmore, Brian Young

A spouse to highbrow History presents an in-depth survey of the perform of highbrow historical past as a self-discipline. 40 newly-commissioned chapters exhibit best international study with large insurance of each point of highbrow historical past because it is presently practiced. 

  • Presents an in-depth survey of contemporary study and perform of highbrow history
  • Written in a transparent and available demeanour, designed for a global audience
  • Surveys some of the methodologies that experience arisen and the most historiographical debates that trouble highbrow historians
  • Pays certain 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 background of technological know-how and medication, literary reviews, artwork historical past and the historical past of political thought

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The development of the history of science over the past half‐century might seem the most obvious illustration of this pattern, but it is not difficult to see how intellectual history has been drawn upon by those intent on challenging a dominant paradigm or legitimating an unorthodox approach, as in the case of literary scholars uneasy with the implicit universalism of traditional critical practices, or of economists troubled by the exclusionary effect of neoclassical mathematical modelling, or of philosophers discontented by the emphasis on quasi‐logical techniques, and so on.

Unlike in Germany, where what became known as ‘historicism’ was equally indebted to Hegel and to the historian Ranke, the study of philosophy and history have been distinct and distinctive enterprises. What is more, the empirical bent of English philosophy, at least until the 1980s, meant that few philosophers were inclined to consider history as a subject of theoretical scrutiny, and historians were happy to respect this lack of interest in their activities. G. Collingwood was more typical in being a trained philosopher interested in history, and in the philosophy of history.

In his introduction to an edition of Wilhelm von Humboldt’s The Limits of State Action, published in 1969, Burrow was both highly critical of nineteenth‐century German generalisations about race and nation, but also of those twentieth‐century historians who read such generalisations through ahistorical moralising prolepsis. Of the cosmopolitan von Humboldt’s interest in national character and language, Burrow crucially observed that: The interest in these competing siren voices, fiery, passionate Spain, sensuous Italy, ­wistfully mystical Germany, and the rest, and the belief in the possibilities of synthesis, like that long cherished yearning for a fusion of the Greek and German souls as the basis of a new civilization, arose from essentially the same source as that which made philosophies of history such a popular and deadly nineteenth‐century game: the sense of an ambiguous inheritance and of contradictory cultural claims and opportunities, needing to be synthesized, transcended or dialectically comprehended.

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