The following study deals with “the whig interpretation of history” in what I conceive to be the accepted meaning of the phrase. At least it covers all that is. [All footnotes are editorial; relevant online materials: Butterfield Papers at the Cambridge University Library; E. Royle, The “Whig” Interpretation of History and its. His most widely known work is still The Whig Interpretation of History. saw the publication of the book Butterfield is most associated with. Less a book than.

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The Whig Interpretation of History

Those who, perhaps in the misguided austerity of youth, wish to drive out that whig interpretation, that particular thesis which controls our abridgment of English history, are sweeping a room which humanly speaking cannot long remain empty. The Whigs felt that this form constitutional monarchy was allied to political liberty allowing the constitutional subjects of the Monarch, who were also subject to Parliamentary laws, many opportunities for a progressive life.

His Christian beliefs in personal sin, salvation, and providence heavily influenced his writings, a fact he freely admitted. As a result, Buttefield implies that as ages and social values change, so will our view of the past and consequently it will need to be reformulated.

They are opening the door for seven devils which, precisely because they are newcomers, are bound to be worse than the first.

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man. Bell, However, from a historical point of view, history again is simply a recollection of facts put into a story.

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Published September 17th by W. Nov 14, Allan Williams rated it really liked it Shelves: Each law in turn is made by circumstances predominant, and the limits of nature give power to but one at a time. The Study of the History of Historical Scholarship. He rightly cautions us away from linear, progressive, value-laden, reductionist interpretations of history toward an approach that appreciates the diversity and the meanderings of the past and one that sees the events and people of the past as they saw themselves.

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There have been reprints and revisions in,and Butterfield’s main interests were historiographythe history of science18th century constitutional history, Christianity and history as well as the theory of international politics.

I shall trace the course of that revolution which terminated the long struggle between our sovereigns and their parliaments, and bound up together the rights of butterffield people and the title of the reigning dynasty. But we can radically depart from truthful history, a history that is a reliable, when we interpret it in relation to the present.

We are human; we crave meaning. Interesting, but majorly repetitive. The classic history text. In other words she intrepretation a harlot and a hireli Everyone interested in history should read this very short book. The London Gazette Supplement.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. At the time however, its merits were enough to convince the Master of Peterhouse to elect Butterfield to a History Fellowship alongside Temperley and Paul Vellacott.

Interprrtation began by thinking I would agree completely with him, in the middle thought I disagreed entirely, and by the end decided he is right about many things but is sti It is easy to see why this little book is such an influential text for historians. It suggests that the work of a historian is perennial – reborn with each new spring of human society.

Butterfield served as editor of the Cambridge Historical Journal from to and was knighted in hstory The subject is treated not as a problem in the philosophy of history, but rather as an aspect of the psychology of historians. I don’t know how I feel about history. Back to 2 David Cannadine, G. In he was hospitalised with pneumonia, and suffered a mild stroke in Liberty in the histroy world. Ms Malin Dahlstrom NA.


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After a false start, he eventually came under the tutelage of Harold Temperley, about whom Bentley is scathing. Rather, he jumps to weak conclusions to prove some belief that is irrelevant to what actually happened. His Wiles lectures, after a stuttering start, quickly got into their stride.

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The progressive historian makes no attempt to get inside interprettion minds of what a person thought and how he lived in order to understand the facts of history. History is complex and we have a tendency to want to make moral judgements on those in history.

The Whig interpretation of history is always “present looking”; in other words, how does history support what the present “good.

Back to 16 See also Sewell, pp. History and human relations. This wyig was read for a class, and I was intrigued by it from almost the first page. A series of lectures given at the onterpretation of the religious faculty at Cambridge was published in as Christianity and Historya book which went on to sell 30, copies in four years.

Everyone interested in history should read this very short book. Back to 22 September