The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

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Fully entitled "Princes, Power, and the Battle for the Past: Official Historiography in Renaissance Italy, 1400-1500," this ARC-funded project aims to generate a new account of the origins of Renaissance historical writing, which was in turn a major contributor to the development of modern historiography. The project will pursue this aim by focusing on the chanceries of fifteenth-century Italy, where humanists were regularly commissioned to write histories under the supervision of Renaissance princes and court officials. The investigation will trace the emergence in this environment of a distinct brand of document-based, political historiography. It will detail how authoritarian regimes, contrary to expectation, actually backed innovation in history, as a means of establishing control over the past, and thus over the present.

Chief Investigator

  • Dr Gary Ianziti, Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland

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