Eighty years have passed since a young Cambridge don named Herbert Butterfield published in a slender volume entitled The Whig. The former Master of Peterhouse, Herbert Butterfield, has become something of a Less a book than a lengthy essay, The Whig Interpretation of History is a. Herbert Butterfield (). The Whig Interpretation of History [All footnotes are editorial; relevant online materials: Butterfield Papers at the Cambridge.
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Jul 05, Miles Smith rated it liked it Shelves: Over the course of his career, Butterfield turned increasingly to historiography and man’s developing view of the past. Interesting, but majorly repetitive.
The Whig Interpretation of History
Carr, What is History London,p. Christianity, diplomacy and war. These questions hisstory me personally of a remark from Mary Beard during a lecture on her latest novel SPQR, as she commented that ‘We have nothing to learn from the past’. As mentioned above, the post-war period was a productive period for Butterfield. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.
He is right to decry the simplified, airbrushed, progressive Whiggish history. Easily readable in an evening and best consumed whole, Herbert Butterfield’s book is a wonderful indictment of the historical meta-narratives that are typical of ‘Whig’ historians.
It is right that knowledge of this relationship should be butterfiels in a biography, but aside from telling us the fact that Peace Tactics of Napoleon was completed seven years before it was published, it does not really tell us anything new about Butterfield the historian. Butterfield’s book Christianity and Historyasks if history provides answers to the meaning of life, answering in the negative: We have imposed our own judgements and beliefs onto a society that existed hundreds of years ago.
Obama was reaching for a similar point on Monday, emphasizing as President Obama often does that the strengths buttfrfield the United States spring in part from its ugly, painful past. Undoubtedly Butterfield said some stupid things intdrpretation the political situation in the s and made some misjudgements — but he was hardly alone in this, and, if one wants an example of whi card-carrying Nazi sympathiser, one need look no further than Arthur Bryant.
Moral Judgements in History. At least it covers all that is ordinarily understood by the words, though possibly it gives them also an extended sense.
A much needed–still, after all inteepretation years–call for humility and restraint for the historian. Kenyon, The History Men 2nd ed. Could have been half the length.
In its place, Butterfield seeks to establish a view of history which focuses upon how conflict and compromise produced the mediating forces which caused history to develop and move forward, not towards some shining point of enlightenment, but instead to move forward from the trials of the past to build a viable future; Butterfield seeks truth in complexity and survival. To tease out the strange and paradoxical character of events leading to familiar circumstances is to make not only the past, as Butterfield desires, but also the present strange and wonderful.
Like much of Butterfield’s work elegant and teasing – you think its saying something important but you’re not quite sure what it actually is.
Mar 01, Christopher McCaffery rated it liked it. He also wrote about how simple pick-and-choose history misses the point, “Very strange bridges are used to make the passage from one state of things to another; we may lose sight of them in our surveys of general history, but their discovery is the glory of historical research.
The present study does not concern itself with the philosophical description or analysis of these.
Butterfield wanted his history to be evocative, the story of how people wrestled with moral dilemmas in order to reach and carry their decisions. Butterfield argues that historians should write aesthetically rather than polemically, exercising “imaginative sympathy” in appreciating the lost worlds of the dead rather than seeking or expecting the vindication of their own current positions.
Butterfield was a devout Christian an Sir Herbert Butterfield was a British historian and philosopher of history who is remembered chiefly for two books—a short volume early in his career entitled The Whig Interpretation of History and his Origins of Modern Science I’m not an historian so I’m not sure I actually understood everything that the author discusses.
Back to 6 Thus, the arch-Tory Bishop Stubbs is seen as one of the great Whig historians on this interpretation. In some sense the choice of topic was a surprise; many had expected something on Fox; or perhaps the Whig interpretation of history.
The Peace Tactics of Napoleon, Wikiquote has quotations related to: Liberty in the modern world. The Whig Interpretation did not refer to Whig politicians, but to the 19th-century interpretation of history as one long triumphant march of progress. In other projects Wikiquote Wikisource. His alternative is unsatisfying, though, and I think the case can be made for a view of history that acknowledges and displays historu complexity—not only of events but of people and motives—and yet dares to make moral judgments whiv can, indeed, filter down to change us in the present.
At the same time, Butterfield’s early works emphasized the limits of a historian’s moral conclusions, “If history can do anything it is to remind us that all our judgments are merely relative to time and circumstance.
Carey No preview available – No trivia or quizzes yet. Back to 2 David Cannadine, G. Lives up to its reputation. Great food for thought, however much one might like Macaulay’s story-line of progress down to the present.
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At the same time Butterfield was writing on science, he was addressing the subject of religion. Butterfield thought dhig personalities more important than great systems of government or economics in historical study. Selected pages Title Page. Butterfield was a devout Christian and reflected thd length on Christian influences in historical perspectives. Butterfield’s book, The Whig Interpretation of Historybecame a classic for history students and is still widely read. John Bird rated it really liked it Oct 18, Whilst Butterfield’s work clearly has laudable strengths, his style is dated the frequent reference to a historian as male buttrefield fit with my inner feminist and on a few occasions he begins to make broad statements of the past, which I suppose is inevitable but seems slightly hypocritical regarding his condemnation of the Whigs.
In he was elected to the chair of Modern History, and histroy — he was master of Peterhouse, as well as holding the vice-chancellorship of the university between and This book has really opened my own eyes to things that I see everyday in social media. Gamble’s Philosophy of History.
He was knighted in