English Pasts: Essays in History and Culture by Stefan ColliniEnglish Pasts: Essays in History and Culture by Stefan Collini

English Pasts: Essays in History and Culture

byStefan Collini

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In this collection of engaging and readable essays, Stefan Collini shows how much can be gained from bringing a rigorous historical perspective to some of the most contentious issues in contemporary culture. Whether he is asking what it means to inhabit and possess a `national past', orreflecting on the role of the historian as social critic, whether he is scrutinizing the claims of Cultural Studies or challenging the assumptions about academic research whether he is pondering the future of literary biography or reassessing some of the leading minds in modern British culture,Collini writes with a rare blend of sympathy, sharpness, and wit. Explicitly addressed to the `non-specialist', these essays attempt to make some of the fruits of detailed scholarly research in various fields available to a wider audience. The book will interest (and delight) readers interested inhistory, literature, and contemporary cultural debate.

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Stefan Collini is a Reader in Intellectual History and 35 Fulbrooke Road, Cambridge CB3 9EE (home)and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.
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Title:English Pasts: Essays in History and CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Histories1. Writing `the National History': Trevelyan and After2. French Contrasts: From the Pantheon to Poets' Corner3. Idealizing England: Elie Halevy and Lewis Namier4. Speaking With Authority: The Historian as Social Critic5. Victorian Values: from the Clapham Sect to the Clapham OmnibusPart II: Minds6. High Mind: John Stuart Mill7. Literary Minds: Anthony Trollope and George Eliot8. Young Minds: Charles Darwin and Bertrand Russell9. Moral Mind: R. H. Tawney10. Liberal Mind: Isaiah Berlin11. Critical Minds: Raymond Williams and Richard HoggartPart III: Arguments12. Against Prodspeak: `Research' in the Humanities13. Grievance Studies: How not to do Cultural Criticism14. Company Histories: CamU PLC and SocAnth Ltd15. With Friends Like These: John Carey and Noel Annan16. Before Another Tribunal : the Idea of the `Non-specialist Public'Acknowledgements and ReferencesIndex

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An example of the merits of his own style: of a firm grasp on the way tone illustrates the mind at work behind it, and an understanding of the power and limits of intellectuality as against other imaginative demands. - Richard Hoggart