John Wyon Burrow

John Wyon Burrow (4 June 1935 in Southsea – 3 November 2009 in Witney, Oxfordshire) was an English historian of intellectual history. His published works include assessments of the Whig interpretation of history and of historiography generally. According to The Independent: “John Burrow was one of the leading intellectual historians of his generation. His pioneering work marked the beginning of a more sophisticated approach to the history of the social sciences, one that did not treat the past as being of interest only in so far as it anticipated the present.”

Books in order of publication:


Evolution and Society (Cambridge University Press, 1966)

A Liberal Descent: Victorian Historians and the English Past (Cambridge University Press, 1981)

That Noble Science of Politics: A Study in Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History (with Stefan Collini and Donald Winch) (Cambridge University Press, 1983)

Whigs and Liberals: Continuity and Change in English Political Thought (Clarendon Press, 1988

The Crisis of Reason: European Thought, 1848–1914 (Yale University Press, 2000)

A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century (New York: Knopf, 2007)

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