The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Britain and the Low Countries

Hugh Dunthorne, Michael Wintle
BRILL, 1 nov. 2012 - 270 pages
The nineteenth century laid the foundations of history as a professional discipline but also popularized and romanticized the subject. National histories were written and state museums founded, while collective memories were created in fiction and drama, art and architecture and through the growth of tourism and the emergence of a heritage industry. The authors of this collection compare Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium, unearthing the ways in which history was conceived and then utilized. They conclude that although nationalistic historicism ruled in all genres, the interaction of the nineteenth century with its imagined past was far richer and more complex, both across national borders and within them. Contributors include: Niek van Sas, Andrew Mycock, Marnix Beyen, Ellinoor Bergvelt, Joep Leerssen, Joanne Parker, Anna Vaninskaya, Jenny Graham, Tom Verschaffel, Saartje Vanden Borre, Hugh Dunthorne and Michael Wintle.

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An Introduction
Chapter One From Waterloo Field to BrugeslaMorte Historical Imagination in the Nineteenth Century
Part Two The Scope and Language of National History
Chapter Two A Very English Affair? Defining the Borders of Empire in NineteenthCentury British Historiography
Chapter Three Who is the Nation and What Does It Do? The Discursive Construction of the Nation in Belgian and Dutch National Histories of the Ro...
Chapter Four The Colonies in Dutch National Museums for Art and History 18001885
Part Three Historical Fiction and Collective Identity
Literary Historicism between the Golden Spurs and Waterloo
Making the Past Part of the Present in Late Victorian Historical Romances
Part Four The Past Imagined in the Visual Arts
The Image of the ArtistHero and the Belgian Nation State 18301900
In Search of the Historical Culture of Belgian Immigrants in Northern France 18501914
National History Painting and Engraving in Britain and the Low Countries in the Nineteenth Century
General Bibliography
Fifty Years of AngloDutch Historical Conferences and Britain and the Netherlands Published Volumes 19592012

Chapter Six The Victorians the Dark Ages and English National Identity

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À propos de l'auteur (2012)

Hugh Dunthorne taught history at Swansea University from 1971 until 2009. He has written on various aspects of Anglo-Dutch relations, and has recently completed a study of Britain and the Dutch Revolt 1560-1700. Michael Wintle is Professor of European History at the University of Amsterdam; prior to 2002, he taught at the University of Hull, UK. He has published widely on Dutch and European history, including "The Image of Europe" (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

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