Enlightenment, Republicanism and Dissent: William Harris's Histories

John Seed

in Dissenting Histories

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748621514
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651306 | DOI:
Enlightenment, Republicanism and Dissent: William Harris's Histories

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This chapter examines the work of a contemporary Dissenting historian, William Harris, which was sharply critical of Hume's History. Almost entirely forgotten since the early nineteenth century, his histories indicate the persistence of an old Whig and old Commonwealthman disposition among at least some sections of Dissent in the middle years of the century – one that pointed forward to Wilkite radicalism.

Keywords: Dissenting historian; William Harris; David Hume; Commonwealthman disposition; Wilkite radicalism

Chapter.  10655 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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