By Richard Ollard
He proclaimed himself a genius and raged opposed to the slightest feedback from fellow students; he was once a Marxist who despised the 'Idiot People'; he might be beneficiant and affectionate but hurled insults at his pals; he inveighed opposed to Puritanism yet was once himself in lots of methods a Puritan: A. L. Rowse used to be a guy of many contradictions.
during this clear-sighted and soaking up biography, Richard Ollard examines the numerous facets of Rowse's Protean character to bare a guy who, no matter what he was once responding to - public affairs, the humanities, typical good looks or occasions in his own existence - did so with large strength and passion.
'An urbane research of the prestigious historian.' Antonia Fraser, Daily Mail
'Strikes an ideal stability among the Jekyll Rowse and the Hyde Rowse.' Bevis Hillier, Spectator
'Excellent.' Katherine Duncan-Jones, TLS
Read or Download A Man Of Contradictions: A Life Of A. L. Rowse PDF
Similar historiography books
This quantity brings jointly many very important historic texts, the vast majority of them (speeches of Themistius, the eagerness of St Saba, and facts on the subject of the lifestyles and paintings of Ulfila) now not formerly to be had in English translation. ". .. a compact and fascinating selfmade package for the scholar of Gothic heritage.
Here's a concise, scholarly, but obtainable assessment of the bright, improper, and quarrelsome crew of attorneys, politicians, retailers, army males, and clergy often called "the Founding Fathers"--who acquired as on the subject of the fitting of the Platonic "philosopher-kings" as American or global heritage has ever obvious.
Bringing her unique insights into conception and philosophy to endure upon the arguable query of revision in Irish historical past, Evi Gkotzaridis provides the 1st ancient and theoretical exam of the trailblazer historians who, from 1938, spearheaded an unpoliticized Irish background. Drawing on hitherto unused documents, Trials of Irish background exhibits how the enterprise to disenthrall Irish and eu historical past from reputable propagandas proved stimulating and difficult, yet perilous.
Even supposing historians discuss each one other's paintings often, they've been reluctant to list their strategies in regards to the best practitioners of U. S. historical past. Robert Allen Rutland makes an attempt to treatment this kingdom of items with this assortment named for Clio, the Greek muse vested with the inspirations of historical past.
- Historical Controversies And Historians
- Debating the Past - Modern Bulgarian History: From Stambolov to Zhivkov
- Fortunes of History: Historical Inquiry from Herder to Huizinga
- Mirroring the Past: The Writing And Use of History in Imperial China
- A Century of church history: the legacy of Philip Schaff
Extra resources for A Man Of Contradictions: A Life Of A. L. Rowse
This book is intended to explore a number of general propositions about history and historians, rather than provide a point of entry into any one field or specialism. But since I anticipate that most of my readers will be more familiar with British history than any other, I have relied for my illustrative material mostly on that field, with some additional examples from Africa, Europe and the United States. The book is meant to be read as a whole, but I have included a certain amount of cross-referencing in the text to assist the reader who wishes to pursue only one theme.
Less obviously but even more importantly, the difference is one of mentality: earlier generations had different values, priorities, fears and hopes from our own. We may take the beauties of nature for granted, but medieval men and women were terrified of forests and mountains and strayed from the beaten track as little as possible. 11 During the same period public hangings in London regularly drew crowds of 30,000 or more, both rich and poor, and usually more women than men. 12 More recent periods may not be so strange, but we still have to be alert to many evidences of difference.
Nation, race and culture are brought together as a unified constant. Other examples span the modern world from the Nazis in Germany to the ideology of black separatism in the United States. Essentialism or ‘immemorialism’ of this kind produces a powerful sense of exclusive identity, but it makes bad history. Not only is everything in the past that contradicts the required self-image suppressed; the interval between ‘then’ and ‘now’ is telescoped by the assertion of an unchanging identity, impervious to the play of historical circumstance.
A Man Of Contradictions: A Life Of A. L. Rowse by Richard Ollard