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The Oxford History of Historical WritingVolume 3: 1400-1800$
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José Rabasa, Masayuki Sato, Edoardo Tortarolo, and Daniel Woolf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199219179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199219179.001.0001

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English Enlightenment Histories, 1750–c.1815

English Enlightenment Histories, 1750–c.1815

(p.518) Chapter 25 English Enlightenment Histories, 1750–c.1815
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Karen O’Brien

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines histories written by English writers of the period 1750–c.1815. These include Edward Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–88), Catharine Macaulay's The History of England from the Accession of James I to That of the Brunswick Line (1763–83), Lord Bolingbroke's Letters on the Study and Use of History (1752), and Joseph Priestley's Lectures on History and General Policy (1788).

Keywords:   historical writing, historiography, English writers, Edward Gibbon, Catharine Macaulay, Lord Bolingbroke, Joseph Priestley

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