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Making History: Edward Augustus Freeman and Victorian Cultural Politics

G.A. Bremner and Jonathan Conlin


Edward Augustus Freeman (1823–92) was one of the founding fathers of the discipline of academic history in Britain, known to medievalists in particular on account of his multi-volume History of the Norman Conquest (1867–79). He was also known in his own time as an influential thinker on empire and federalism, as well as a fierce and acerbic critic of all things relating to history and politics. As his most famous quote ‘history is past politics, politics present history’ demonstrates, Freeman had a way of collapsing barriers of time and a gift for making his readers feel part of history rather ... More

Keywords: Edward Augustus Freeman, academic history, empire, federalism, British identity, historical method, architectural history, antiquarianism, public intellectuals

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265871
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265871.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G.A. Bremner, editor
School of Architecture, University of Edinburgh

Jonathan Conlin, editor
University of Southampton

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I Introduction

II Faith in History

III Travelling Through Time

IV The Fabric of History

V Race and Empire

VI The Science of History

VII Conclusion

End Matter