Narratives of Enlightenment by Dr. Karen O'Brien
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Narratives of Enlightenment
By Dr. Karen O'Brien

Narratives of Enlightenment

Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to Gibbon

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Narratives of Enlightenment by Dr. Karen O'Brien

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  • Winner of Rose Mary Crawshay Prize 1999.

Book Description

Narratives of Enlightenment is an interdisciplinary study of cosmopolitan approaches to the past. It reappraises the work of five of the most important narrative historians of the 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; and it investigates the nature and degree of their intellectual investment in the idea of a common European civilisation. Karen O'Brien combines the methodologies of literary criticism and intellectual history to explore debates about Enlightenments and the political uses of narrative. Where previous studies have emphasised the growth of nationalism in eighteenth-century literature, she reveals the development of cosmopolitan ways of thinking beyond national cultural issues.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521619448
ISBN-10: 0521619440
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 268
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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