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The Creighton Century, 1907–2007

An edited collection of classic lectures from acclaimed historians.
 
The Creighton Century, 1907–2007 offers a selection of ten classic lectures on history from the first hundred years of the University of London’s prestigious Creighton Lecture series.

This volume offers a chance to revisit some of the great lectures of our time, including previously unpublished lectures by R. H. Tawney, Lucy Sutherland, Donald Coleman, Eric Hobsbawm, and Keith Thomas, published here with commentaries by Virginia Berridge, Justin Champion, Julian Hoppit, and Jinty Nelson, among others. This volume provides a fascinating insight into the development of the discipline of history over the twentieth and early twenty-first century, with lectures on the meaning of truth and modern mythologies, revealing some significant changes in approach and emphasis as well as some surprising continuities.

334 pages | 6 1/2 x 9 3/4

History: British and Irish History, General History, History of Ideas


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Table of Contents

Introduction
David Bates

Preface
Jo Fox

The Creighton century: British historians and Europe, 1907-2007
Robert Evans

The meaning of truth in history’ (1913), with an introduction by Justin Champion
R. B. Haldane

A plea for the study of contemporary history’ (1928), with an introduction by Martyn Rady
R. W. Seton-Watson

The economic advance of the squirearchy in the two generations before the Civil War [published as ’The rise of the gentry, 1558-1640] (1937), with an introduction by F. M. L. Thompson
R. H. Tawney

The City of London and the opposition to government, 1768-74, with an introduction by P. J. Marshall
Lucy Sutherland

The guns of Kaifeng-Fu: China’s development of man’s first chemical explosive (1979), with an introduction by Janet Hunter
Joseph Needham

The perception of the past in early modern England (1983), with an introduction by Ariel Hessayon
Keith Thomas

Myth, history and the Industrial Revolution (1989), with an introduction by Julian Hoppit
Donald Coleman

The uncertainties of isolation: Japan between the wars (1992), with an introduction by Antony Best
Ian Nish

The present as history: writing the history of one’s own time (1993), with an introduction by Virginia Berridge
Eric Hobsbawm

The war against heresy in medieval Europe (2004), with an introduction by Jinty Nelson
R. I. Moore

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