Making History: Edward Augustus Freeman and Victorian Cultural Politics

Hardcover | November 15, 2015

EditorG. A. Bremner, Jonathan Conlin

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"History is past politics, politics is present history." Thus observed Edward Augustus Freeman, 19th-century historian and public intellectual. He was an idiosyncratic and imaginative thinker who saw past and present as interwoven and had a way of collapsing barriers of time - a gift formaking the reader feel part of history, rather than merely its student. Freeman's interests ranged widely beyond history, however, and this volume provides a biographical as well as intellectual survey of his activities. Thus chapters intersect with historical episodes such as Tractarianism, Liberal Anglicanism and the Gothic Revival, cutting across the divides thattraditionally separate architectural, political, church and imperial history. New influences and nemeses emerge from this consideration of the 1830s to 1850s, providing context and added depth to the familiar view of the mature Freeman: to his historical writing as well as to the personal feuds(e.g. with Froude) for which he was equally known.This book fills a gap in the intellectual history of Victorian Britain by providing the first comprehensive, scholarly account of one of its most articulate and outspoken public intellectuals. More broadly, too, Freeman provides a historical context for current debates on multi-culturalism, race andnational identity.

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"History is past politics, politics is present history." Thus observed Edward Augustus Freeman, 19th-century historian and public intellectual. He was an idiosyncratic and imaginative thinker who saw past and present as interwoven and had a way of collapsing barriers of time - a gift formaking the reader feel part of history, rather th...

G. A. Bremner is affiliated with the School of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh. Jonathan Conlin is affiliated with the University of Southampton.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.04 inPublished:November 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. G. A. Bremner and Jonathan Conlin: 1066 And All That: E. A. Freeman and the Importance of Being MemorableFaith in History2. James Kirby: From Tractarian to Democrat: the Intellectual Formation of E. A. Freeman3. Colm O'Siochru: 'Edward Semper Augustus': Freeman on Rome, the Papacy, and the Unity of History4. Michael Ledger-Lomas: Whigs, Liberals and Anglicans: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley and Church HistoryTravelling through Time5. William Aird: Freeman's Travels: Geography and the Significance of Site6. Jonathan Conlin: The Consolations of Amero-Teutonism: Freeman's American Tour (1882)7. William Kelley: Past History and Present Politics: E. A. Freeman and the Eastern QuestionThe Fabric of History8. Chris Miele: Freeman and the Culture of Gothic Revival9. Christine Dade-Robertson: Architecture as Evidence: Freeman and Harold's Church10. G.A. Bremner: Freeman and G. G. Scott: Lessons from HistoryRace and Empire11. Theodore Koditschek: Past Politics and Present History: E. A. Freeman's Invention of Racial Tradition12. Duncan Bell: Alter Orbis: Freeman on Empire and Racial DestinyThe Science of History13. Judith Green: Freeman and his History of the Norman Conquest14. Ian Hesketh: Fanatical Hatred or Brotherly Love? Rethinking Freeman's Feud with Froude15. Herman Paul: 'Habits of Thought and Judgement: E. A. Freeman on Historical MethodsConclusion16. Stuart Jones: Edward Augustus Freeman as Victorian Public Intellectual