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Nobody's perfect : a new Whig interpretation of history / Annabel Patterson.

By: Patterson, Annabel M.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2002Description: ix, 288 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0300092881 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780300092882 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Great Britain -- Historiography | Historiography -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century | Historiography -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century | Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 17th century | Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 18th century | Political science -- Great Britain -- History | Whig Party (Great Britain)DDC classification: 941.007/2 LOC classification: DA1 | .P38 2002Other classification: 15.01
Contents:
John Almon : more than a bookseller -- Reading the Letter : a (short) chapter of its own -- Inventing postcolonialism : Burke's and Barry's Paradise lost and regained -- The meaning of names : Thompson's Marvell and the Whigs -- The two snuffboxes : recovering the Whig in Reynolds -- Thomas Erskine : the great defender -- Two steps forward, one step backwards : William Wordsworth's revisionism.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-275) and index.

John Almon : more than a bookseller -- Reading the Letter : a (short) chapter of its own -- Inventing postcolonialism : Burke's and Barry's Paradise lost and regained -- The meaning of names : Thompson's Marvell and the Whigs -- The two snuffboxes : recovering the Whig in Reynolds -- Thomas Erskine : the great defender -- Two steps forward, one step backwards : William Wordsworth's revisionism.

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CHOICE Review

In this seminal, meaningful, and readable study, Patterson (Yale Univ.) not only successfully resurrects the concept of "Whig" history but also advances a wide range of provocative issues that need to be discussed among historians. After agilely introducing the issues, Patterson presents seven chapters that address particular developments or individuals who were involved in the advancement of Whig/Liberal values. From John Almon, Edmund Burke, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Erskine, and William Wordsworth to numerous others who were active during the last four decades of the 18th century, Patterson traces a continuing, though not necessarily consistent, Whig/Liberal philosophy and political process that was enlightened, humane, and progressive. The author raises a broad range of fundamental questions and offers responses that reflect the complexity of the 18th century and demonstrate her mastery of the period. This is an important and serious study that should command the interest of political, social, economic, intellectual, and cultural historians. Endnotes, many explanatory and well worth reading, provide documentation. This volume should prove to be a valuable resource in stimulating new topics for theses and dissertations. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. W. T. Walker Chestnut Hill College

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Annabel Patterson is Sterling Professor of English, Yale University

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