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The History of England from the Accession of James II

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Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-59) was one of the foremost nineteenth-century historians in the Whig tradition, which saw history as a series of ... Show synopsis

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DrJohn

History as history

by DrJohn on Sep 18, 2009

Telling a story from a point of view is a matter far different from telling a story with a point to prove or a bone to pick. For this reason, the historical scholarship of the seventeenth and early eighteenth century, regardless of country of origin, is like a refreshing blast of Arctic air: invigorating and irritating at the same time. The purpose is to tell a story, and the point of view is obvious and for that reason can easily be seen through, as compared to the modern historian whose work is of a purpose opaque, so that only the point to be proven is seen and in which the underlying story of history is merely a watermark vaguely glimpsed in the distance. Very much in the tradition of Gibbon, this is a work that may be read in its entirety but is best browsed, either used as a reference or simply opened at random. The well-kept 19th century editions are as much a pleasure to handle and to see as to read.

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