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 historical past as a self-discipline. 40 newly-commissioned chapters exhibit major international examine with wide assurance of each point of highbrow background because it is at present practiced. 

  • Presents an in-depth survey of modern study and perform of highbrow history
  • Written in a transparent and available demeanour, designed for a global audience
  • Surveys many of the methodologies that experience arisen and the most historiographical debates that drawback highbrow historians
  • Pays distinctive consciousness to modern controversies, supplying 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 drugs, literary experiences, paintings background and the background of political thought

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Dehio’s essay took a Rankean theme – the role of Germany in epochs of world war, from the Seven Years’ War to the Second World War – that he then subjected to a Meinecke‐like moral critique. The result was devastating. He lamented the presence in German history of demonic power (‘der Dämonie der Macht’), and the creation of an amoral passion for war (‘amoralischer Kampfleidenschaft’); likewise, he regretted the desire for hegemonic power (‘die Hegemonialmacht’). In a contrast with British patterns of warfare and imperialism, he excoriated the tradition of a Prussian power‐state (‘Die Tradition des preuβischen Machstaates’).

It also frequently overlaps with an allied subject of historical enquiry to which some students of the history of political thought – and of constitutional history – have often been peculiarly allergic: religion. Not for nothing was the prominent student of the history of historiography in England, Lord Acton, a German‐educated and devoutly Roman Catholic layman, a figure rarely encountered in work by students of the history of political thought, but often discussed by the small group of British historians interested in the critical history of their own practice.

Burrow, 1969: xxvii) 28 brian young But this ‘deadly’ game did not necessarily entail the sort of regrets that permeated so many accounts of German historical consciousness, leading Burrow to conclude that: There is no absolute necessity, simply because we are discussing German history, to turn into disgruntled Whigs, interpreting intellectual history in terms of the Disastrous Revolution. In such a context it might well be tempting to use Humboldt to adorn the tale, a sort of Bonnie Prince Charlie of German liberalism.

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