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The People's Historian: John Richard Green and the Writing of History in Victorian England (Studies in Historiography) [Hardcover]

Anthony Brundage

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22 Nov 1993 Studies in Historiography (Book 2)
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.

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Anthony Brundage has a PhD in History from UCLA and is Professor of History Emeritus at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London, and a member and former executive officer of numerous professional organizations. He has written six books and hundreds of articles, book reviews, and conference papers. His current book project (together with Richard Cosgrove) is tentatively titled Albion's Modern Chroniclers: The Historical Epic and National Identity from Hume to Churchill. Major avocations are travel, running, and hiking.

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?Clearly and gracefully written, this book is a model treatment of an individual unjustly neglected by posterity. Brundage has rescued Green from the disdain of those who prefer other forms of historical inquiry. One happy effect of this work, in conclusion, is to cause reflection upon the common enterprise that unites the readers of Albion; it is one of the many reasons why this study of Green deserves attention.?-Albion

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