By Colin Kidd
This publication examines the prestige and makes use of of ethnicity in political debate throughout the 17th and eighteenth centuries, the period that instantly preceded the onset of contemporary racialist and nationalist pondering. Ranging broadly around the political cultures of britain, Scotland, eire and innovative the USA, it additionally considers eu impacts and comparisons in addition to attractive traditionally with present debates over nationalism and id.
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Pp. 99–101, for the case of Goropius Becanus. ŒŒ Nevertheless, pride in a nation’s Japhetan original was a much more sensitive issue. Sacred history was not only much less vulnerable than secular mythology, but was indeed a common substitute for it. For example, Vico criticised the ‘conceit of nations’ – not least in the matter of their boasts to high antiquity – without abandoning the Genesis story of the division of mankind. Œœ The Mosaic history of the peopling of Europe – ‘the isles of the Gentiles’ – was incorporated into the diVerent discursive contexts of several early modern patriotisms.
5, 9, 16–18, 39–41, 57–60, 89–92. Consider too the complementary inXuences of Jean Andre´ Deluc (1727–1817) and George Cuvier on British geology: see F. C. Haber, The age of the world: Moses to Darwin (Baltimore, 1959), pp. 194–7, 210–21. The preface by the Scot Robert Jameson to his translation of Cuvier brought out the Mosaic orthodoxy which was only implicitly suggested in the more hesitant formulation of the original: Jameson, ‘Preface’ (1817), in George Cuvier, Essay on the theory of the earth (1817: 4th edn, Edinburgh, 1822), pp.
Although by the start of the eighteenth century the sheer weight of antiquarian knowledge and the critical acumen of ‘modern’ classical scholarship had made it almost impossible to plot a convincing and certain scheme of universal history, scriptural chronology remained an integral and unembarrassing feature of the British Enlightenment. The Wndings of the new astronomy were fused with sacred history in such works as Isaac Newton’s The chronology of ancient kingdoms amended 36 Theological contexts (1728) and in John Kennedy’s New method of stating and explaining the scripture chronology, upon Mosaic astronomical principles (1751).