Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 October 2013

304 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719090455

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Empire and History Writing in Britain c.1750-2012

Joanna de Groot

Published by Manchester University Press

Historical Approaches MUP

  • Combines original research into the story of history writing with a wider synthesis of developments in historical thought and practice
  • Considers, compares, and contrasts history texts produced for scholarly, popular, and juvenile readers, linking 'canonical' historians (Hume, Macaulay, Butterfield) to that wider range of writing
  • First recent book exploring the influence of imperial involvements not just on histories of empire, but on British history writing generally - a new perspective on 'the history of history'
  • Provides original insights into the embedding of 'imperial' outlooks on state and 'nation', on civilization and 'progress', and on race and ethnicity, within British historical practice
  • Uses thematic discussion within a chronological framework to challenge linear narratives of change in historical practice