Antiquaries and Antiquities in Eighteenth-Century England

  title={Antiquaries and Antiquities in Eighteenth-Century England},
  author={R. Sweet},
  journal={Eighteenth-Century Studies},
  pages={181 - 206}
  • R. Sweet
  • Published 2001
  • History
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
Rosemary Sweet is Lecturer in the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Leicester and Deputy Director of the Centre for Urban History. She has published The Writing of Urban Histories in Eighteenth-Century England (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1997), The English Town, 1680–1840: Government, Society and Culture (Harlow: Longman, 1999) and articles in Urban History and Past and Present. The importance of history for eighteenth-century culture has long been accepted as a… Expand

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