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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Butterfield therefore raises some crucial issues with regard to historiography and the study of history. Butterfield served as editor of the Cambridge Historical Journal from to and was knighted in 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: Aug 23, Lee Belbin rated it really liked it.
Butterfield wrote that “Whiggishness” is too handy a “rule of thumb Retrieved 26 July Return to Book Page. Back to 22 Intefpretation Butterfield was a devout Christian and reflected at length on Christian influences in historical perspectives. Aug 28, Vicky P rated it it was amazing Shelves: Butterfield examines how this view of history not only does a great disservice to the advancement of human knowledge but serves only to bolster the self-important delusions of the modern od.
As a result, Buttefield implies that as ages and social values change, so will our view of the past and interprftation it will need to be reformulated. His most widely known work is still The Whig Interpretation of History. The examination of these raises problems concerning the relations between historical research and what is known as general history; concerning the nature of a historical interprettaion and of what might be called the historical process; and also concerning the limits of history as a study, and particularly the attempt of the whig writers to gain from it a finality that it cannot give.
Lists with This Book. 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. I will re-read sections this weekend. History assembles facts from primary sources and then tells a narrative to help laypeople understand how they fit together.
Refresh and try again. Influenced Thomas Kuhn . Butterfield presents a monumental thesis on our interpretation of history– especially for Americans. Butterfield, though, was never one for archival work at the best of times.
Butterfield seems to argue that we cannot judge historical events or figures because we have to understand them in their time, not our own.
The Victorian era springs to my mind: Wikiquote has quotations related to: This is akin to blatant dishonesty. Butterfield’s book is excellent, though. Influences Harold Temperley . Back to 4 J.
Gamble’s Philosophy of History. The present study does not concern itself with the philosophical description or analysis of these. No eBook available W. References to this book Communication as Culture: Of course not; there were some very good people who just had wrong ideas.
I strongly agree with much of this, but I’m not sure the book starts out on the right track. Also inButterfield won the Prince Consort Prize for a iinterpretation on the problem of peace in Europe between and Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge — TrevelyanLondon,p.
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At the same time Butterfield was writing on science, he was addressing the subject of religion. The Whig Interpretation of History. Back to 2 David Cannadine, G.
History is complex and we have a tendency to want to make moral judgements on those in history. Nov 26, Mike rated it liked it. Butterfield is a superb writer, and is obviously learned. Nov 03, Sam rated it it was amazing Recommended to Sam by: The Englishman and His History.
In The Whig Interpretation of History, Herbert Butterfield presages the hyper-political and hyper-moralizing nature of modern history and historiography, in which the past is measured by the present and history is shown as a linear evolution towards progress. His Wiles lectures, after a stuttering start, quickly got into their stride.
We are human; we crave meaning. One of his most perceptive statements on historiography came in response to histoory of the jabs aimed at him by E. Furthermore, in constructing this interpretation historians usually committed anachronisms by seeing the past entirely in terms of the present. This book reminded me of why I love history so much: However, his extreme aversion to drawing any moral lessons or even allowing any teleological purpose to the study of history seem to me not only questionable practice but impossible to accomplish.
Moral Judgements in History. Paperbackpages.