The Science of History in Victorian Britain: Making the Past Speak.

Author Hesketh, Ian
Year 2011
Publisher London: Pickering & Chatto
Number of pages 229
ISBN 9781848931268


Publisher's Note (2012): New attitudes towards history in ninceteenth-century Britain saw a rejection of romantic, literary techniques in favour of a professionalised, scientific methodology. The development of history as a scientific discipline was undertaken by several key historians of the Victorian period, influenced by German scientific history and British natural philosophy. Hesketh examines parallels between the professionalisation of both history and science at the time and challenges accepted notions of a single scientific approach to histoty.