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Hugh Trevor-Roper and the history of ideas

Ghosh, Peter

History of European Ideas, 2011, Vol.37(4), pp.483-505 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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    Hugh Trevor-Roper and the history of ideas
  • Autor: Ghosh, Peter
  • Assuntos: Trevor-Roper ; Hitler ; Cold War ; Tawney ; Erasmus ; Gibbon ; Burckhardt ; Historiography ; History of Ideas ; Enlightenment ; Humanism ; Liberalism ; Marxism ; History & Archaeology ; Philosophy
  • É parte de: History of European Ideas, 2011, Vol.37(4), pp.483-505
  • Descrição: A wave of recent publication connected to Hugh Trevor-Roper offers cause to take stock of his life and legacy. He is an awkward subject because his output was so protean, but a compelling one because of his significance for the resurgence of the history of ideas in Britain after 1945. The article argues that the formative period in Trevor-Roper's life was 1945–57, a period curiously neglected hitherto. It was at this time that he pioneered a history of ideas conceived above all as the study of European liberal and humanist tradition. Analysis of the relative importance of contemporary and early modern history in his finds that, while the experience of Hitler and the Cold War was formative, it was not decisive.Trevor-Roper was at heart an early modernist who did not abjure specialization.However, he insisted that specialized study must be accompanied by “philosophical” reflection on the workings of a constant human nature present throughout history, a type of reflection best pursued by reading classical historians such as Gibbon and Burckhardt.Yet this imperative in turn fostered purely historical research into the history of historical writing – another branch of the history of ideas.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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