'Seeing Things with our Own Eyes': E.A.Freeman's historical travels

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Abstract

Edward A. Freeman travelled extensively throughout his life and was far from being a sedentary gentleman-scholar confined to his country residence at Somerleaze, Somerset. According to Freeman, the successful historian needed to see the places about which he wrote. His historical travels took him to all parts of Europe, into North Africa and to the United States. Freeman’s foreign tours were carefully organised and conducted with the central purpose of informing and guiding his historical work. Over many years, Freeman developed a methodology for his historical travels that he seems to have applied consistently. On occasion, his travels took him into dangerous regions, such as Dalmatia in the late 1870s. Edward Freeman’s travels reflected his interest in historical geography and his recognition of the importance of place in the study of the past marks him out as one of the pioneers of the so-called ‘spatial turn’ in modern historiography.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking History
Subtitle of host publicationEdward Augustus Freeman and Victorian Cultural Politics
EditorsAlex Bremner, Jonathan Conlin
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOUP/British Academy
Chapter5
Pages85-100
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780197265871
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2015

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