Historians and the Church of England: Religion and Historical Scholarship, 1870-1920

Hardcover | April 2, 2016

byJames Kirby

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Historians and the Church of England explores the vital relationship between the Church of England and the development of historical scholarship in the Victorian and Edwardian era. It draws upon a wide range of sources, from canonical works of history to unpublished letters, from sermons toperiodical articles, to give a clear picture of the influence of religion upon the rich and flourishing world of English historical scholarship. The result is a radically revised understanding of both historiography and the Church of England. It shows that the main historiographical topics at the time-the nation, the constitution, the Reformation, and (increasingly) socio-economic history-were all imprinted with the distinctively Anglicanconcerns of leading historians. It brings to life the ideas of time, progress, and divine providence which structured their understanding of the past. It also shows that the Church of England remained a 'learned church', concerned not just with narrowly religious functions but also scholarly andcultural ones, into the early twentieth century: intellectual secularization was a slower and more fragmented process than accounts focused on natural science (especially Darwinism) to the exclusion of the humanities have led us to believe.This is not just the history of a coterie of scholars, but also of a wealth of texts and ideas that had a truly global circulation at a time when history was second only to the Bible (and perhaps the novel) in its cultural status and readership.

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Historians and the Church of England explores the vital relationship between the Church of England and the development of historical scholarship in the Victorian and Edwardian era. It draws upon a wide range of sources, from canonical works of history to unpublished letters, from sermons toperiodical articles, to give a clear picture ...

James Kirby studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Balliol College, Oxford from 2007 to 2014. In 2010, he was awarded the Gibbs Prize for History (for the highest mark in the History Final Examinations at Oxford) and the Arnold Modern History Prize (for the best undergraduate dissertation). His subsequent DPhil was jointly fun...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:April 2, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Anglican historians3. The learned church4. The nation5. The constitution6. Social and economic history7. The Reformation settlement8. Providence, progress, and the incarnation9. EpilogueBibliographyIndex