William Robertson and the Expansion of Empire

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Stewart J Brown, Stewart J. Brown
Cambridge University Press, Apr 13, 1997 - History - 276 pages
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William Robertson (1721-1793) was a leading historical figure of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and one of the triumvirate of historians, along with David Hume and Edward Gibbon, who profoundly shaped the European consciousness. His great histories of Scotland, Europe, America and India represented a steadily expanding vision of European and world history. It was a 'grand narrative' comprising the emergence of Britain, the development of the European system of independent nation states, the growth of the European empire in the Americas, and the beginnings of the European empire in India. This book, William Robertson and the Expansion of Empire, contains contributions from a number of distinguished historians and literary scholars who explore aspects of Robertson's intellectual achievements. However, particular attention is paid to Robertson's treatment of the theme of empire and European expansion.
 

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Contents

Robertsons letters and the life of writing
36
an introduction to
55
Robertsons place in the development of eighteenth
74
Robertsonian Romanticism and realism
92
The ideological significance of Robertsons History
122
The reception of William Robertsons historical writings
145
an episode in Enlightenment
164
Robertson and contemporary images of India
210
Bibliography of writings about William Robertson
231
Index
268
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