Narratives of Enlightenment: Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to Gibbon by Karen OBrienNarratives of Enlightenment: Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to Gibbon by Karen OBrien

Narratives of Enlightenment: Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to Gibbon

byKaren OBrienEditorHoward Erskine-Hill, John Richetti

Paperback | February 17, 2005

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Narratives of Enlightenment reappraises the work of five of the most important narrative historians of the eighteenth 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. Where previous studies have emphasized the growth of nationalism in eighteenth-century literature, Karen O'Brien reveals the development of cosmopolitan ways of thinking beyond national cultural issues.
Title:Narratives of Enlightenment: Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to GibbonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:February 17, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521619440

ISBN - 13:9780521619448

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and author's note; 1. Introduction: cosmopolitanism, narrative, history; 2. Voltaire's neoclassical poetics of history; 3. European contexts in Hume's History of England; 4. William Robertson to the rescue of Scottish history; 5. Robertson on the triumph of Europe and its empires; 6. Emulation and revival: Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; 7. David Ramsay's sceptical history of the American Revolution; Afterword; Bibliography; Index.

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"...a series of illuminating and provocative readings, notable...for their imaginative synthesis and development of previous historical, theoretical, and literary studies in the period." Modern Philology