Whig interpretation of history.

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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 Cited by: 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/5.

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 ().

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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.

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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.

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Butterfield's book, The Whig Interpretation of History (), became a classic for history students and is still widely read. Butterfield had in mind especially the historians of his own country but his criticism of the retrospective creation of a line of progress toward the glorious present can be and has subsequently been applied mater: Peterhouse, Cambridge.

This is the book I'd ordered at Eighth Day Books--Butterfield's famous analysis of The Whig Interpretation of History. It seems that many of the books I've been reading lately--from Chesterton's The Well and the Shallows, to a novel my husband just got me started on (Michael O'Brien's Father Elijah) and even Newman's "The Second Spring" sermon I quoted from on.

Jeffrey Noble HIST B01 Book Review Butterfield, Herbert. The Whig Interpretation of sity of New South Wales Library, The Whig Interpretation of History was written by Herbert Butterfield in Butterfield was an English historian and philosopher and his book The Whig Interpretation of History is one of his most memorable and impactful works.

The Whig Interpretation of History | Herbert Butterfield | download | B–OK. Download books for free. Find books. The Whig Interpretation of History Quotes Showing of 2 “The study of the past with one eye upon the present is the source of all sins and sophistries in history.

It is the essence of what we mean by the word "unhistorical".”.

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Central to the Whig interpretation of history was the long conflict between Crown and Parliament that dominated the seventeenth century. While they regretted the bloodshed of the Civil War and the execution of King Charles I, the Whigs saw the defeat of the Crown and its subjugation to Parliament as essential to the establishment of a free society.

The matter is historical and political, it deals with knowledge and epistemology, culture and philosophy; on these bases the Whig interpretation of history is helpful.

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 /5(12).

3 Friedrich Hayek laid the groundwork for the Whig revival in his book The Constitution of Liberty, a spirited defense of the Whig interpretation of history. “It was the ideals of the.

Whig history is created by looking back and selecting "winners" of historical encounters, specifically those which resulted in the "improved" modern world we live in today.

The problem with a whiggish interpretation is that not only does it gloss over important details and events, it also results in massive mischaracterizations of historical.

history' have never read The interpretation, whig 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.

Eighty years have passed since a young Cambridge don named Herbert Butterfield published in a slender volume entitled The Whig.

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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. In honour of the end of the second (and hopefully last) Current Year, I’d like to opine for a bit on what I like to call Neo-Whig History.

Whig history is, essentially, the idea that everything is inevitably progressing to be better/more liberal/freer/more equal. The term was coined by Herbert Butterfield, originally to describe a certain type of British historical thought.

The Whig historian studies the past with reference to the present. He looks for agency in history. And, in his search for origins and causes, he can easily select those facts that give support to his thesis and thus eliminate other facts equally important to the total : Herbert Butterfield.

He shows why the small book The Whig Interpretation of History () achieved such large influence; Butterfield, he demonstrates, has profoundly shaped American and European historiography by highlighting the distortions that occur when historians interpret the past merely as steps along the way toward the glorious present.

The Whig historian tends to judge, to make history answer questions, and to overdramatize by simplification and organization around attractive themes.

The value of history, however, as Professor Butterfield shows, lies in the richness of its recovery of the concrete life of the past. The true historian studies the past for its own sake/5().The Whig Interpretation of History.

By Herbert Butterfield Review by Guy (History and Politics) Don’t let the boring title throw you off – I’ve chosen this book because it genuinely changed the way that I read history. Butterfield doesn’t deal with a particular era or a particular location, he instead attempts to examine how history is.