A New Whig Interpretation of History
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Nobody's Perfect by Annabel Patterson
Book DescriptionIs history driven more by principle or interest? Are ideas of historical progress obsolete? Is it unforgivable to change one's mind or political allegiance? Did the eighteenth century really exchange the civilizing force of commercial advantage for political conflict? In this new account of liberal thought from its roots in seventeenth-century English thinking to the end of the eighteenth century, Annabel Patterson tackles these important historiographical questions. She rescues the term "whig" from the low regard attached to it; denies the primacy of self-interest in the political struggles of Georgian England; and argues that while Whigs may have strayed from liberal principles on occasion (nobody's perfect), nevertheless many were true progressives. In a series of case studies, mainly from the reign of George III, Patterson examines or re-examines the careers of such prominent individuals as John Almon, Edmund Burke, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Erskine, and, at the end of the century, William Wordsworth. She also addresses a host of secondary characters, reshaping our thinking about both well-known and lesser figures of the time. Tracking a coherent, sustained, and adaptable liberalism throughout the eighteenth century, Patterson overturns common assumptions of political, cultural, and art historians. The author delivers fresh insights into the careers of those who called themselves Whigs, their place in British political thought, and the crucial ramifications of this thinking in the American political arena.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300092882
(216mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 4-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Annabel Patterson
International Novel, Hardback (November 2014)
A book that focuses on nationalism and internationalism today, approached not theoretically but through the lens of fiction.
Milton's Words, Hardback (September 2009)
Original and lively book showing how Milton used words in the extraordinary ways he did. After an account of Milton's writing life, Patterson discusses keywords - the keys to a text or a theory; words of sexual avoidance and distress; words of abuse; words privileged because 'Scripture'; learned words; and cunning little words, easily overlooked.
Long Parliament of Charles II, Hardback (July 2008)
Charles II's first and most important parliament sat for eighteen years without a general election, earning itself the sobriquet "Long". This book is the study of this Restoration Parliament. It recovers a crucial period of parliamentary history, that helps to explain the Glorious Revolution, and opens a discussion about historiographical method.
Early Modern Liberalism, Paperback (April 2006)» View all books by Annabel Patterson
A major statement by senior US scholar on the development and transmission of liberal thought.
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Author Biography - Annabel Patterson
Annabel Patterson is Sterling Professor of English, Yale University.
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