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The People's Historian: John Richard Green and the Writing of History in Victorian England
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The People's Historian: John Richard Green and the Writing of History in Victorian England (Hardback)

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In 1874, John Richard Green, a virtually unknown former clergyman, sold the rights for his school textbook, A Short History of the English People, to Macmillan for 350 pounds sterling, a generous sum for a work expected to sell a few thousand copies. To everyone's astonishment, the work sold 32,000 copies in its first year, and a half million copies thereafter. This publishing phenomenon was also a breakthrough in historiography, for unlike earlier histories, which focused on kings and statesmen, Green's work revolved around the common people, their creative energy, and their devotion to self-government. Thus, Green was a critical figure in the transition from the writing of history of elites to a broader history of social and cultural change. He was also one of the last great amateurs at a time when the field was coming to be dominated by academic specialists. By providing an examination of Green's career, this book illuminates a critical juncture in the history of the discipline.

History & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryHistory: theory & methodsHistoriography Publisher: ABC-CLIO Publication Date: 22/11/1993 ISBN-13: 9780313279546  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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ANTHONY BRUNDAGE is Professor of History at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His earlier books include England's Prussian Minister: Edwin Chadwick and the Politics of Government Growth, 1832-54 (1988) and The Making of the New Poor Law: The Politics of Inquiry, Enactment, and Implementation, 1832-1839 (1978).

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