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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 is now a general label applied to various historical interpretations. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Any account of the Whig Interpretation must invariably mention a book that has come to be seen as its sequel — The Englishman and his History.

It is the essence of what we mean by the word “unhistorical”. Undoubtedly Butterfield said some stupid things about the political situation in the s and made some misjudgements interprefation but he was hardly alone in this, and, if one wants an example of a card-carrying Nazi sympathiser, one need look no further than Arthur Bryant.

The work, The Historical Novelhas not aged well. The ideas discussed within this essay are at times very similar perhaps not as a coincidence to those discussed in Evans’ ‘In Defence of History’, although the two essays were written roughly 60 years apart.

Refresh and try again. Feb 07, Aurora Dimitre rated it liked it Shelves: I have read enough about that time in Cambodian history – whib the time, people, circumstances – but I’m still willing to make a value judgment. The Study of the History of Historical Scholarship. Back to 4 J.


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

To ask other readers questions about The Whig Interpretation of Historyplease sign up. Open Preview See a Problem? It is easy to see why this little book is such an influential text for historians.

The Whig Interpretation of History by Herbert Butterfield

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In other words she is a harlot and a hireling, and for this reason she best serves those who suspect her most. I don’t know how I feel about history. The present study does not concern itself with the philosophical description or analysis of these.

Beyond this, Butterfield highlights some of the more nuanced habits of the Whig historian: He looks for agency in history. Butterfield was a devout Christian and reflected at length on Christian influences in historical perspectives. At the height of the Cold Warhe warned that conflicts between self-righteous value systems could be catastrophic:.

The whig interpretation came at exactly the crucial moment and, whatever it may have done to our history, it had a wonderful effect on English politics A quick read, and justifiably a classic. Trivia About The Whig Interpre Despite his humble origins, receiving his education at the Trade and Grammar School in Keighleyin he won a scholarship to study at Peterhouse, Cambridgegraduating with a BA infollowed by an MA four years later.

The Whig interpretation of history

It is an oversimplification to say that America was built on the framework of either system. University of Chicago Press, 2nd ed. Nov 03, Sam rated it it was amazing Recommended to Sam by: Nov 26, Mike butterifeld it liked it. Put me down as a hwig. Bell, The then-Regius professor sent Butterfield the Fox papers which had been in his care suggesting that Butterfield might like to write a biography of him — not the sort of invitation one declined.


In particular, he attacks a more or less literally whiggish tendency among British historians, who have always written history buttwrfield the story of liberty and constitutionalism. And he is right to point out that drawing simple, black and white moral judgments about past actions is a risky business.

Herbert Butterfield

The “whig interpretation,” as Butterfield calls buttsrfield, sees history as a struggle between a succession of good libertarian parties and evil reactionary forces, failing to do justice to history’s true complexity.

Back to 2 David Cannadine, G. I shall recount the errors which, in a few months, alienated a loyal gentry and priesthood from the House of Stuart. Excellent analysis of Whig history–that is, defining the past in terms of the present.

After a false start, he eventually came under the tutelage of Harold Temperley, about whom Bentley is scathing. September Index Preface 1.

The classic history text. Jan 05, Usha Chilukuri rated it interpretqtion liked it. Butterfield spends too much space up front arguing that historians shouldn’t seek out the origins of or analogies to current phenomena, but instead should point out the differentness of the past in order to make it comprehensible to us.