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AN ETHNOGRAPHY OF ENGLAND IN THE YEAR 1685

Being the Celebrated Third Chapter of Thomas Babington Macaulay’s History of England


NEW INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT L. CARNEIRO
American Museum of Natural History
New York, New York

Praise from readers . . .

“A forceful witness for the defense, Robert Carneiro pushes us to revisit this Victorian giant who exercised such a profound influence on the historical imagination of his own generation and those that followed.”
Richard Aldous, Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature, Bard College

“Thomas Babington Macaulay joins the ranks of anthropology’s ancestors as Robert Carneiro showcases his ethnography of England in the year 1685. Macaulay established an ethnographic genre of social and cultural history, highlighting questions of evolution and progress that remain salient for contemporary anthropology. Carneiro’s framing essay is a masterpiece of contextualization for the history of anthropology.”
Regna Darnell, Distinguished University Professor, University of Western Ontario

“Occasionally one finds a nugget. Robert Carneiro has found one in the third chapter of Thomas Babington Macaulay's History of England, the first genuine historical ethnography and the precursor of a whole new genre of historical writing. The result is a fascinating picture of everyday life in English society from top to bottom.”
Stephen K. Sanderson, Visiting Scholar, University of California, Riverside

CONTENTS

Preface

Introduction by Robert L. Carneiro

An Ethnography of England in the Year 1685 by Thomas Babington Macaulay

Index

ISBN 978-0-9752738-7-6/paperback/256 pp./est. June 2014/$32.95