This themed issue brings together introductions to some of the important texts that shaped the modern humanities. We argue that these texts are foundational for the humanities, and yet they are rarely read. Our collection starts in the predisciplinary realm of the Enlightenment, moves on to the increasing specialization and professionalization of the nineteenth century, and follows with early twentieth-century texts that aimed to overcome academic compartmentalization. The collection ends with the introduction of new digital methods in the decades after World War II.
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Themed Issue of the journal History of Humanities