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Narratives of Enlightenment : Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to Gibbon - Dr. Karen O'Brien

Narratives of Enlightenment

Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to Gibbon

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Published: 13th June 1997
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Narratives of Enlightenment reappraises the work of five of the most important narrative historians of the eighteenth 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. Where previous studies have emphasized the growth of nationalism in eighteenth-century literature, Karen O'Brien reveals the development of cosmopolitan ways of thinking beyond national cultural issues.

'Compellingly lucid and elegant.' Sir Tony Wrigley, President of the British Academy

Acknowledgements and authorÆs note
Introduction: cosmopolitanism, narrative, history
VoltaireÆs neoclassical poetics of history
European contexts in HumeÆs History of England
William Robertson to the rescue of Scottish history
Robertson on the triumph of Europe and its empires
Emulation and revival: GibbonÆs Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
David RamsayÆs sceptical history of the American Revolution
Afterword
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521465335
ISBN-10: 0521465338
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 13th June 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.57