ANDERSON, M. S.
Title: Historians and Eighteenth Century Europe 1715-1789. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Clarendon Press / Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1979, ISBN:0198225482
Seller ID: 113272
ANDERSON, M. S. Historians and Eighteenth Century Europe 1715-1789. Òxford : Clarendon Press, 1979. First Edition. Pp (4),[v]-vi,(2),-251,(1). Index. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "This book surveys the development, over the last two centuries or more, of historians' ideas and views about the most important issues in the history of eighteenth-century Europe.Some aspects of that history have aroused violent and prolonged controvers y which is still active today. Was the great French Revolution in some way immanent in the structure of the Old Regime in France and thus inevitable? Or was that structure fundamentally healthy and brought down in revolution only by the malice of dissident groups or by mere ill-luck? Was the Enlightenment a great movement of intellectual and therefore ot social and political liberation, or a destructive assault on the bonds which held states and societies together? These questions bit'terly divided contemporary observers: they still divide historians today. The character and achievement of thegreat 'Enlightened Despots' of the period and the origins of the Industria l Revolution in Britain are other controversial issues which bulk iarge in the book. In each case, on the basis of a wide-ranging survey of writing infive languages, the development of historians' thinking is analysed. The i nfluence on that thinking of the social, political and intellectual environment in which individual scholars worked, and the importance of deweloping ideas about the nature and scope of history in general, are stressed." (from the dj). Contents : Preface. I. The Old Regime in France : Early Works: from the Eighteenth Century to the July Monarchy; Romantics and Ideologues: from Michelet to Taine; The Old Historiography at its Zenith; The Last Forty Years: Quantification, Regional Studies, Mentalites. II. The Enlightenment : Traditional Views: an Age of Reason and Freedom or one of merely destructive Criticism?; Voltaire and Rousseau: the Historiography of Two Thinkers; A New Departure or an Outgrowth of the Past ?; The Triumph of the Bourgeois Spirit ?; The Streak of Irrationalism; Widening Views. III. Monarchs andDespots : Thee Idea of Enlightened Despotism; Prussia: Frederick the Great ; Russia: Catherine the Great; The Habsburg Empire: Maria Theresa and Joseph II. IV. Great Britain: Industry and Parliamentary Government : The Origins of the Industrial Revolution; King, Parliament, and Parties: the Problem of the First Years of George III. Conclusion. Very good in dustjacket. 50.00