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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From my perspective, whilst the past should not be viewed as a guidebook to ‘learn from’, and historians should not delve into the past in search of solutions to contemporary problems, the past undoubtedly does teach but not in the didactic sense of the word – whether on a personal level, with regard to family history, or on a universal level as a human being.

One of his most perceptive statements on historiography came in response to some of the jabs aimed at him by E. He was knighted in A much needed–still, after all these years–call for humility and restraint for the historian. 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.

The Life and Thought of Herbert Butterfield.

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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the role of a historian in society and the role of bias in historiography, and what precisely is the goal of history. The very first paragraph of the butterfild chapter of the first book sets out something of Macaulay’s congratulatory approach to British history as guided by Whig principles: Historians have an incredible task histry forth for them, one that requires them to lo There are few books that I have read that have made huge impact on me, but I think Dr.

It is right that knowledge of this relationship should be included 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 histoey new about Butterfield the historian.


Sep 12, Justin Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Butterfield saw an alarming trend in histories being written at that time. Og is outside of the historical realm to impose what you believe is right or wrong into history. Nov 03, Sam rated it it was amazing Recommended to Sam by: However, Butterfield does not seem to contradict the idea that the past may offer some use, perhaps through exposing human nature or the power of chance?

And, in his search for origins and causes, he can easily select those facts that give support to his thesis and thus eliminate other facts equally important to the total picture.

butterfiels But we can radically depart from truthful history, a history that is a reliable, when we interpret it in relation to the present. 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.

It was a contest in which the Whig interest felt it had prevailed, and which had resulted in the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in Britain. The “whig interpretation,” as Butterf A quick read, and justifiably a classic.

Historians have an incredible task set forth for them, one that requires them to look at history and dhig subjective statements about those events. Aug 10, Kristen Cray rated it really liked it. Butterfield’s book, The Whig Interpretation of Historybecame a classic for history students and is still widely read. The Whig interpretation of history is buttefrield a general label applied to various historical interpretations.

A further stroke in made him virtually housebound, and he died on 20 July 20 After Butterfield increasingly turned to the study of historiography.

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Lives up to its reputation. In other words she is a harlot and a hireling, and for this reason she best serves those who suspect her most. There have been reprints and revisions in,and Liberty in the modern world.


I don’t know how I feel about history. Be the first to ask a question about The Whig Interpretation of History. Back to 22 September But at the same time, according to Butterfield, it’s almost as if history is simply descriptive and has no place in evaluation of the past – for good or bad. Gamble’s Philosophy of History.

Butterfield thought individual personalities more important than great systems of government or economics in historical study. Relativistic to the core.

A quick read, and justifiably a classic. Christianity in European History.

Both historians raise the issue of historical bias, and the inevitable fact that a historian’s personal views and opinions will impact both the subject of their work, and the style. Pages containing London Gazette template with parameter supp set to y Webarchive template wayback links Webarchive template archiveis links Use dmy dates from April Use British English from April Infobox person using alma mater Articles with hCards Pages using Template: Two articles — one on the origins of the Seven Years War and one on Lord Acton and the Massacre of Bartholomew — acted as a prelude to his Wiles lectures, published in as Man on his Past.

His Christian beliefs in personal sin, salvation and providence were a great influence in his writings, a fact he freely admitted.

Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge — Everyone interested in history should read this very short book.

Interpretatoon another example in the Civil Rights Movement. 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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