We are pleased to announce that John Robertson has joined St Andrews as Honorary Professor of Intellectual History.
His scholarly interests cover political, social and historical thought across the 17th and 18th centuries. His study of the Enlightenment in Scotland and Naples reconstructed the different social and intellectual contexts of Enlightenment in the two kingdoms, the better to understand their common intellectual concern with the history of sociability and the development of political economy. More recently he has published a 'very short introduction' to the Enlightenment as a whole, which explores the different ways in which philosophers and historians have conceptualised Enlightenment, and suggests that we may be too eager to assert that the Enlightenment 'still matters' today.
A groundbreaking history of the Big Questions that dominated the nineteenth century
In this pioneering book, Holly Case undertakes a stunningly original analysis, presenting, chapter by chapter, seven distinct arguments and frameworks for understanding the age. She considers whether it was marked by a progressive quest for emancipation (of women, slaves, Jews, laborers, and others); a steady, inexorable march toward genocide and the "Final Solution"; or a movement toward federation and the dissolution of boundaries. Or was it simply a farce, a false frenzy dreamed up by publicists eager to sell subscriptions? As the arguments clash, patterns emerge and sharpen until the age reveals its full and peculiar nature.
Holly Case is associate professor of history at Brown University.
Lucia Rubinelli (Cambridge) “Sovereignty and Constituent Power in Weimar Germany”