Advertisement

Inheriting Antiquity: Political Genealogy in Disraeli and Renouvier

  • Ben CarverEmail author
Chapter
  • 154 Downloads
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture book series (PNWC)

Abstract

This chapter focuses on alternate histories which describe revised genealogies of culture and politics from antiquity to the present day. In The Wondrous Tale of Alroy (1833) , Benjamin Disraeli inserts an apocryphal episode into twelfth-century Jewish history, which implies a messianic legacy to be redeemed by him, as a writer and politician. Charles Renouvier also reimagines the cultural and political inheritance of antiquity in Uchronie (l’utopie dans l’histoire) (1876) , but uses the presentation of a better, more secular history of Europe to argue for the separation of Church and State, and against a philosophy of history predicated on the inevitability of progress. The contexts for the discussion are the transformations of historical interpretation and ideas regarding the evolutionary progress of mankind.

Keywords

Renouvier Disraeli inheritanceInheritance Wondrous Tale Alternative History 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishFalmouth UniversityPenrynUK

Personalised recommendations