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Man on His Past


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Preface; 1. The history of historiography: 2. The rise of the German historical school; 3. Lord Acton and the nineteenth-century historical movement; 4. Ranke and the conception of 'general history'; 5. The reconstruction of an historical episode: the history of the enquiry into the origins of the Seven Years War; 6. Lord Acton and the Massacre of St. Bartholomew; Appendices.

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This book is an extended version of the Wiles lectures and illustrates the rise, scope, methods and objectives of the history of historiography.


'A distinguished contribution to the 'study of the history of civilisation ... and the extension of historical thinking into the realm of general ideas.' Manchester Guardian

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