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William Robertson and the Expansion of Empire : Ideas in Context - Stewart J. Brown

William Robertson and the Expansion of Empire

Ideas in Context

By: Stewart J. Brown (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th April 1997
ISBN: 9780521570831
Number Of Pages: 294

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William Robertson (1721-1793) was a leading historical figure of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and one of the triumvirate of historians, along with David Hume and Edward Gibbon, who profoundly shaped the European consciousness. His great histories of Scotland, Europe, America and India represented a steadily expanding vision of European and world history. It was a 'grand narrative' comprising the emergence of Britain, the development of the European system of independent nation states, the growth of the European empire in the Americas, and the beginnings of the European empire in India. This book, William Robertson and the Expansion of Empire, contains contributions from a number of distinguished historians and literary scholars who explore aspects of Robertson's intellectual achievements. However, particular attention is paid to Robertson's treatment of the theme of empire and European expansion.

"This splendid volume serves as a valuable corrective to the recent bicentennial emphasis on Edward Gibbon...Individually and collectively, the essays are of great value for our understanding not only of Robertson but also of important aspects of eighteenth-century literary culture. This is also a fundamental work for those interested in historiography." Jeremy Black,Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society

List of contributors
Introduction Stewart
William Robertson (1721âÇô1793) and the Scottish Enlightenment
RobertsonâÇÖs letters and the life of writing Jeffrey Smitten
Providence and progress: an introduction to the historical thought of William Robertson Nicholas Phillipson
RobertsonâÇÖs place in the development of eighteenth-century narrative history Karen OâÇÖBrien
Robertsonian romanticism and realism Owen Dudley Edwards
The ideological significance of RobertsonâÇÖs History of Scotland Colin Kidd
The reception of William RobertsonâÇÖs historical writings in eighteenth-century France John Renwick
Charles V and the book trade: an episode in Enlightenment print culture
âÇ From Savage to ScotâÇÖ via the French and Spaniards: RobertsonâÇÖs principal Spanish sources Bruce
Robertson and contemporary images of India Geoffrey Carnall
A list of writings about William Robertson, 1755âÇô1995 Jeffrey Smitten
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ISBN: 9780521570831
ISBN-10: 0521570832
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 294
Published: 13th April 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.6