Thinking in the Past Tense
Thinking in the Past Tense
224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2019
History: European History, History of Ideas
“In an age dominated by the sound bite and the tweet, it can be hard to resist the melancholy conclusion that the humanities are in crisis and that scholarship no longer beckons as a spiritual vocation. Thinking in the Past Tense offers reason for hope. In this intimate gallery of portraits we come face to face with eight distinguished practitioners of early modern intellectual history, and we are reminded once again of the traditional virtues of erudition and philological precision that continue to sustain this field even at a time when historical understanding seems under siege.”
Peter E. Gordon, Harvard University
“This survey of many of the best practitioners of early modern intellectual history working today is equally informative and pleasurable for scholars of all times and places. Bevilacqua and Clark take a snapshot of the state of the art in professional writing about ideas and how different lines of thought and alternative modes of practice have converged and clashed in the origins of our times. And though the study of early modern Europe has been the crucible for our debates about how to write intellectual history generally, several contributors anticipate a future in which Europe’s past is less and less central. A fascinating read.”
Samuel Moyn, Yale University
"At its core, this volume is about translating the experiences of eight distinguished practitioners of intellectual history into a type of textual mentorship for the next generation of intellectual historians...Thinking in the Past Tense is an approachable volume that could easily be incorporated into an intellectual history class or historical methods at the advanced undergraduate level, as well as act as a supplementary text in a graduate class for students to read alongside an author’s monograph...Thinking in the Past Tense also captures the spirit of a good academic conference. A more general academic audience would find this work useful and enjoyable."
Bryan A. Banks | H-France Review
"In this collection of conversations, leading intellectual historians in the English-speaking world provide personal insights into current issues and methodological debates within the discipline. The volume offers to newcomers important orientation to the field."
Jahrbuch Extremismus & Demokratie (translated from German)
Table of Contents
Ann M. Blair
Peter N. Miller
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