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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Herbert Butterfield

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. Like much of Butterfield’s work elegant and teasing – you think its saying something important but you’re not quite sure what it hsrbert is.

Jun 30, Mike Horne rated it it was amazing. His Christian beliefs in personal sin, salvation and providence were a great influence in his writings, a fact he herbbert admitted. I began by thinking I would agree completely with him, in the middle thought I disagreed entirely, and by the end decided he is right about many things but herberr sti It is easy to see why this little book is such an influential text for historians.

An interesting read, Interpretatiion eloquently sets out an evaluation of the Whig school of thought, and deals successfully with the major faults of the tradition its herbedt to appreciate the past for the past’s sake, rather than as a means to an end, and its proclivity to view the past as an all-encompassing noun, rather than in specific detail. Want to Read saving….

Nov 03, Sam rated it it was amazing Recommended to Sam by: What a beautiful little book!! This is not to excuse their actions; indeed, we can say today that that was an evil thing.

Eliohs – Butterfield – The Whig Interpretation of History – Preface

This is imposing a 21st century view of equality onto a people group several generations back. Could have been half the length. Beyond this, Butterfield highlights some of the more nuanced habits of the Whig historian: Skip to main content. Butterfield was a devout Christian and reflected at length on Christian influences in historical perspectives.


Mar 01, Christopher McCaffery rated it liked it. Butterfield is a superb writer, and is obviously learned. Interesting, but majorly repetitive.

He needed a new publication, and quickly. Sir Herbert Buttetfield 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 Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I think he underestimates the inevitability and, indeed, desirability of origins stories.

The Whig Interpretation of History

He was knighted in 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 anything new about Butterfield the historian.

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. 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: KuhnThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

The former Master of Peterhouse, Herbert Butterfield, has become something of a cottage industry over the past ten years or so, with a number of monographs resurrecting a career that had previously fallen into neglect. Back to 22 September His most widely known work is still The Whig Interpretation of History.

In the Whig Interpretation Butterfield had noted with satisfaction that historians had little reflected on the nature of their subject, and in Man on his Past he reassured readers that his enquiry was not intrepretation theory.


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Eliohs – Butterfield – The Whig Interpretation of History – Contents

What is discussed is the tendency in many historians to write on the side of Protestants and Whigs, to praise revolutions provided they have been successful, to emphasize certain principles whog progress in the past and to produce a story which is the ratification if not the glorification of the present.

Take another example in the Civil Rights Movement. This book has really opened my own eyes to things that I see everyday in social media. There are few books that I have read that have made huge impact on me, but I think Dr.

I don’t know how I feel about history. Rather, he jumps to weak conclusions to prove some belief that interpretatipn irrelevant to what actually happened. His Hherbert beliefs in personal sin, salvation, and providence heavily influenced his writings, a fact he freely admitted. After the war the emphasis reversed: Historians have an incredible task set forth for them, one that requires them to look at history and make hebert statements about those events.

Carr might say, surely this is an attempt to study the part without reference to the whole. But the history of science was not one triumphant march towards greater knowledge of nature, a fact both Butterfield and Histor recognised. But this disregards the fact that, again, history is complex; it is not as simple as we might like it to be.

But we can radically depart from truthful history, a history that is a reliable, when we interpret it in relation to the present. Nov 26, Mike rated it liked it.