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History in the Making
J.H. Elliott
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History in the Making

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From the vantage point of nearly sixty years devoted to research and the writing of history, J. H. Elliott steps back from his work to consider the progress of historical scholarship. From his own experiences as a historian of Spain, Europe, and the Americas, he provides a deft and sharp analysis of the work that historians do and how the field has changed since the 1950s. ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published September 14th 2012 by Yale University Press
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Nino Vallen
Having read most of Elliott's magnificent historical legacy, I was really curious to learn more about the historian and the person behind these works. History in the Making certainly provided me with some insights, but it could not always convince me entirely. Of the six chapters, I found the first two the most interesting. This is mainly because it was the chapter that appears the most personal, as it treats about Elliott's time as a student in Spain, and because of the themes it discusses. But ...more
Simon Mcleish
I felt this book should have been a lot more interesting than it turned out to be. It's a combination of autobiography and an analysis of the development of methods in academic history during the career of an influential historian at a time of great change in the subject. Elliott had interesting episodes in his life, including time spent in Franco's Spain as a young man, rather naively researching matters which turned out to be politically contentious in the archives of the seventeenth century m ...more
May 31, 2015 Eduardo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Elliott is a distinguished historian of Spain’s seventeenth century, and is likely one of the better known and most read in that country among the British hispanists, in translation.
In the preface he writes that “this is both an impersonal and a personal book”, that is, a mix of “themes and problems addressed by historians during the second half of the twentieth century” and reflections on his own career “as a practising historian”. But in the end is much more of the former than of the latter.
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Sir John Huxtable Elliott, FBA, who normally publishes as J. H. Elliott, is a historian of sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe specialising in Spanish history.
He is Regius Professor Emeritus at Oxford University, Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge, Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, and holds Honorary doctorates from the Aut
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“why there is any need to bother with Spain at all. ‘Why Spain?’ was a question that I had to answer for myself even as I attempted to answer it for others. My own answer, as it has evolved over the years, is that this is an endlessly fascinating country whose history, made up of striking successes and equally striking failures, embraces topics of universal import. Here is a country and a people whose past saw the construction and subsequent deconstruction of complex religious and ethnic relationships as it stood poised between the worlds of Christianity, Judaism and Islam; a country that took the lead among European powers in conquering and governing a vast overseas empire, and that has persistently sought, and never quite succeeded, in reconciling the conflicting demands of unity and diversity on its own territory; and a country whose religious, cultural and artistic achievements over the course of the centuries have made an enormously rich if often controversial contribution to human civilization.” 0 likes
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