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Whig interpretation of history. by Sir Herbert Butterfield

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Published by G. Bell in London .
Written in English


  • Historiography.

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Paginationvi, 132 p.
Number of Pages132
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Open LibraryOL14379492M

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  Still, the ambiguously partial praise I offer here is not just for The Whig Interpretation of History but also for the unitalicized (and lowercased) whig interpretation(s) of history that the book criticizes. Although Butterfield's generation of historians learned to be suspicious of stirring narratives that played fast and loose with. "The Whig Interpretation of History" is superb meditation on the craft of history and how it can be distorted by "whig history." This was how Herbert Butterfield described historians who project modern attitudes on to the past, pass moral judgments on historical figures, and regard history as significant only to the extent that it labored to create the modern world/5. This book is a critical essay on the Whig interpretation of history according to the theory standing behind, i.e. the study of the past with reference to the present and built on political and moral whig principles. Their methodology consists in abstracting things from their context, overdramatisation of the story, over-simplification /5(9). history; that is, the tendency to patch the new research into the old story even when the research in detail has altered the bearings of the whole subject. We cling to a certain organization of historical knowledge which amounts to a whig interpretation of history, and all our deference to research brings us only to admit that this needs.

The British historian Herbert Butterfield, in his small but influential book The Whig Interpretation of History () (whose title actually coined the phrase!) criticised many traditional assumptions of the Whig history that had seemed to see liberal parliamentary democracy as the best form of government which all peoples should hope to adopt. Sir Herbert Butterfield was Regius Professor of History and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.[2] As a British historian and philosopher of history, he 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 (). Over the course of his career, Butterfield turned 4/5(2).   The Whig interpretation of history by Butterfield, Herbert, Sir, Publication date Topics Historiography Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files. Books to Borrow. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. American Libraries. Uploaded by loader-DanaB on July 9, SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata)Pages: This was a good book, attacking some unnecessary assumptions, while encouraging the pursuit of historical questions. The Whig Interpretation of History sense study the past subtle sympathy tend theory thesis things Thomas Carlyle tion torian tories transition true truth turned whig historian whig interpretation whole words 4/5(2).

history' have never read The whig interpretation, and some of them have never heard of that book.6 This easy sway of the term 'whig history' has concealed two major problems in Butterfield's definition and use of it. Firstly, as he employed it, the term ' whig history' embodied the very insularity which it was designed to criticise.   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. It is part and parcel of the whig interpretation of history that it studies the past with reference to the present; and though there may be a sense in which this is unobjectionable if its implications are carefully considered, and there may be a sense in which it is inescapable, it has often been an obstruction to historical understanding 5/5. Whig partisan view of the English constitution and the Whig view of history which dominated British historiography in the Victorian era. And the term Whig interpretation has been applied to both the latter and to all types of present-minded history. First WIH What was the first WIH? The Whig vision of history derived from the common-law claim ofFile Size: 63KB.