Lecture 1: Peculiarities
This lecture examines the phenomenon of English exceptionalism, in particular the historiographical commonplace that eighteenth-century England missed out on an Enlightenment, and the reasons given for that. However, it will also look at J.G.A. Pocock’s attempts to insert a conservative English variant within a family of European Enlightenments.
19 January 2023, 17:00 (Thursday, 1st week, Hilary 2023)
Examination Schools, 75-81 High Street OX1 4BG
Professor Colin Kidd (Wardlaw Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews)
Faculty of History
The James Ford Lectures in British History 2023 - Peculiarities of the English Enlightenment: Ancients, Moderns and Pagan Pasts