MetadataShow full item record
Cavill, P. A.F. Pollard. Parliamentary History https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.51509
A.F. Pollard is now better remembered for founding the Institute of Historical Research than he is for his scholarship. In his heyday, however, Pollard was a formidable and prolific historian, primarily of parliament and the Tudor period. Pollard has been characterised both as a modernist and as a whig historian. Rejecting romantic invocations of liberty, he extolled instead the sovereign nation-state, pinpointing the 16th century as the moment that it was achieved. Pollard rejected anachronistic accounts of parliament’s development: for him, the assembly had grown by accident (out of the medieval king’s council), rather than by design. This adaptability had ensured parliament’s longevity and would preserve it into the future. Pollard revered the English parliament all the more for its embodiment of this national good fortune. Pollard helped to professionalise the discipline of history, but his own writings could be found wanting when measured against the standards that he had advocated. Criticism of his approach and assumptions comes easily now. Yet, upon re-acquaintance, historians of parliament may find enduring interest in Pollard’s shrewd and extensive work.
Embargo Lift Date
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.51509
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/304429
All rights reserved