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.
'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