The Progress of Liberty: Enlightenment, Liberalism, Fin de Siècle


This conference explored some of the shifts in understandings of liberty during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This period might be characterized as one in which liberty found itself in a variety of crises, as the legacies of the Glorious and French Revolutions made themselves felt politically, and as many of the moral limitations upon personal autonomy eroded. 


Conference Readings

Burrow, John W. A History of Histories. New York: Vintage Books, 2007.

Burrow, John W. A Liberal Descent: Victorian Historians and the English Past. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

Burrow, John W. The Crisis of Reason: European Thought, 1848-1914. New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2000.

Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I, Third Edition. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1777.

Huysmans, Joris-Karl. Against Nature (A Rebours). Edited by Patrick McGuiness. Translated by Robert Baldick. London: Penguin Books, 2003.

Macaulay, Thomas B. History of England. Edited by John Burrow. London: Continuum, 2010.