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Some Similarities Between Begriffsgeschichte and the History of Discourse

Rudolf Valkhoff

This article traces the main methodological and substantial similarities between Reinhart Koselleck's notion of Begriffsgeschichte and J. G. A. Pocock's approach to the history of political thought. Both approaches are responses to the shift in the unit of analysis in the study of human historical consciousness. Rather than focusing on ideas, Koselleck and Pocock concentrate on how language articulated heightened awareness of historical change. Concepts and paradigms reflect in varying manners the intensity of historical sedimentation. The more sedimentation, less space there is for innovation, and political action tends to be conservative. Conversely, unstable concepts or obsolete paradigms, reflect historical change and space for linguistic innovation.

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Machiavellian Moments and the Exigencies of Leaving

Stuart Ward

J. G. A. Pocock's acclaimed magnum opus, The Machiavellian Moment , is an unlikely intimation of Brexit. Published in 1975—the year when the British people overwhelmingly affirmed their place in Europe—his subject matter could not have been

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Translation and Comparison II

A Methodological Inquiry into Reception in the History of Ideas

László Kontler

This article addresses the methodological issues involved in the study of interlingual translation as an avenue of reception in the history of ideas. In particular, it assesses the possible uses of linguistic contextualism and conceptual history (Begriffsgeschichte) in this endeavour. It argues that both of these approaches have been, or are capable of being, far more sensitive towards the phenomenon of reception and, indeed, this is an area where cross-fertilization between them (often commended in general but rarely if ever in specific terms) is a practical possibility. Perspectives from Rezeptionsgeschichte may provide useful tools for building bridges between them. A few case studies in translation history are then critically examined, and on the basis of the foregoing methodological reflections propositions are made for further refining the approach taken in those case studies.

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Fording the Nation

The Abridgement of the British Problem in Perkin Warbeck (1634)

Willy Maley

The new British historiography of the seventeenth century has identified a crisis of multiple monarchy in the 1640s that precipitated what was hitherto known as the ‘English Revolution’ or ‘English Civil War’ and is now termed the ‘British Problem’. This historiographical shift has not yet been matched by a similar move in literary studies, yet it could be argued that documents of culture can offer much in the way of highlighting the tensions within the emerging British polity. In particular, the English history play provides a useful starting-point in an attempt to map out the literary representation of British identity formation in the early modern period. It also subverts the short-term historical interpretations of the British Problem that confine it to the middle of the seventeenth century. My own feeling is that the origins of the problem go back further, and this is reflected in my readings of earlier material. What began as a way of explaining the crisis of sovereignty of the 1640s can be applied to the Renaissance as a whole. J. G. A. Pocock, one of the first historians to call for a British perspective, has recently argued for an ‘Age of the Three Kingdoms’ that would comprise the entire early modern period. This could be used to argue for long-term causes of the English Civil War – a term that Pocock wishes to retain – while opening up those causes geographically and temporally. I want to suggest that the new British historiography, combined with the recent turn towards the matter of Britain in Shakespeare studies, can be employed to good effect in a reading of John Ford’s Perkin Warbeck (1634), the story of the pretender who threatened to usurp, with the help of France, Scotland, Ireland and Cornwall, the throne of Henry VII, King of England and Wales.

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The Social Life of Contentious Concepts

Ronald S. Stade

of academic treatises rather than Groschenromane (“penny dreadfuls”), as it were. The same can be said of the Cambridge School of intellectual history and the history of political thought, represented by scholars like Quentin Skinner, J.G.A. Pocock

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“Amazing Rapidity”

Time, Public Credit, and David Hume's Political Discourses

Edward Jones Corredera

Koselleck, Futures Past: On the Semantics of Historical Time , trans. Keith Tribe (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004), 102. 14 J. G. A. Pocock, “Commerce, Credit, and Sovereignty: The Nation-State as Historical Critique,” in Markets, Morals, and

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When Was Brexit? Reading Backward to the Present

Antoinette Burton

he recovers New-Zealand-born historian J. G. A. Pocock's The Machiavellian Moment (1975) in order to materialize the deep and abiding anti-EEC ethos of Pocock's famous call for a new subject of British history. The “funerary” aspect and

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Concepts, Beliefs, and Their Constellations

A Proposal for Analytical Categories in the Study of Human Thought

Ilkka Kärrylä

's viewpoint derives from his focus on ideologies. He considers them collective creations instead of the products of a single author, which can quite significantly determine individual agency. He thus comes close to J. G. A. Pocock's views on language as an

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Koselleck’s Historik and the Horizons of Politics

Blake Ewing

present is thus a matter of political bracketing. Different events, legislative terms, or political lifetimes are all stretched durational presents that can be packaged in different ways as present “moments,” to use J. G. A. Pocock’s term, or given what

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Reading Machiavelli and La Boétie with Lefort

Interpretation, Ideology and Conflict Then and Now

Emmanuel Charreau

could be found between J. G. A. Pocock and Lefort (see Audier 2005 : 271–274; Balibar 2015: 356 ). Reading La Boétie after Machiavelli Much like the works of Machiavelli, Le Discours de la servitude volontaire is a thought-provoking book