[Plan for] The Progress of Civilisation on the pediment of the British Museum. [Click on the images for more information.]

Historians working in the cultural mode .... are just entering a remarkable new phase when the other human sciences (including especially literary studies but also anthropology and sociology) are discovering us anew. The very use of the term new historicism in literary studies, for example, shows this development. The emphasis on representation in literature, art history, anthropology, and sociology has caused more and more of our counterparts to be concerned with the historical webs in which their objects of study are caught. — Lynn Hunt, p. 22

[T]he cultural historian gets to parts of the past that other historians cannot reach. The emphasis on whole "cultures" offers a remedy for the current fragmentation of the discipline into specialists on the history of population, diplomacy, women, ideas, business, warfare and so on. — Peter Burke, pp. 1-2

Victorians on the world stage

Cultural history at home

Cultural history and institutions

Cultural history and the arts

Cultural History and the Sciences


Burke, Peter. Introduction. What is Cultural History? 3rd ed. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019. 1-6.

Gosse, Philip Henry. The Romance of Natural History. London: Nisbet, 1863.

Hunt, Lynn. Introduction. The New Cultural History. Ed. Hunt. Berkley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1989. 1-22.

Lyons, Sherrie LynneSpecies, Serpents, Spirits, and Skulls. New York: State University of New York Press, 2009.

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