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. His most widely known work is still The Whig Interpretation of History. saw the publication of the book Butterfield is most associated with. Less a book than.

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KuhnThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Undoubtedly Butterfield said some stupid things about the political situation in the s and made some misjudgements — but he was hardly alone in butterfeild, and, if one wants an example of a card-carrying Nazi sympathiser, one need look no further than Arthur Bryant.

Lives up to its reputation. Sep 03, Angela Holt rated it it was ok Shelves: Jan 10, Eb Daniels rated it it was amazing. In my view, Buttefield absolutely suggests the past should be valued as an intrinsic end, something which should be valued, understood and explored of its own right, rather than to reassert some pre-existing position.

The Whig interpretation of history

This is a must-read for all historians. 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.

Of course Butterfield would not be the first practising historian to struggle with the world of conceptualising historical practise. Man on His Past: As a result, Buttefield implies that as ages and social values change, so will our view of the past and consequently it will need to be reformulated.

To tease out the strange and paradoxical character of events leading to familiar circumstances is to make not only the past, as Butterfield desires, but also the present strange and wonderful. It was a rushed work, and contained at least one error of fact that Butterfield had to publicly apologise for.

Everyone interested in history should read this very short book. His inveterate smoking and unhealthy lifestyle saw the last 20 years of his buttwrfield plagued by health problems. Intterpretation term Whig is actually a name originally used pejoratively to refer to the British Whigs, intsrpretation supported the buyterfield of Parliament, by their Tory opponents who were usual supporters of the King and the Aristocracy, in a long drawn out ideological contest principally played out in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.


As a deeply religious Protestant, Butterfield was highly concerned with religious issues, but he did not believe that historians could uncover the hand of God in history.

His most widely known work is still The Whig Interpretation of History. Wyig rated it liked it Aug 23, Upon his death doctors found that he possessed only one functioning kidney; the other having been shrivelled since birth.

The “whig interpretation,” as Butterfield calls it, sees history as a struggle between a succession of good libertarian parties and evil reactionary forces, failing to do justice to history’s true complexity. Back to 5 E. Feb 12, Alan Cornett rated it it was amazing. 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.

Despite his humble histroy, receiving his education at the Trade and Grammar School in Keighleyin he won a scholarship to study at Peterhouse, Cambridgegraduating with a BA infollowed by an MA four years later.

But we want to do this, because it proves our own point politically, religiously, or economically in our current world. The former Master of Peterhouse, Herbert Butterfield, has become something buttegfield a cottage industry over the interppretation ten whiy or so, with a number of monographs resurrecting a career that had previously fallen into neglect.

In his biography of G. I will re-read sections this weekend. Having dished the Whig interpretation less than 15 years earlier, Butterfield now seemed to have performed a volte-face. After a false start, he eventually came under the tutelage of Harold Temperley, about whom Bentley is scathing.

Eliohs – Butterfield – The Whig Interpretation of History – Preface

The work, The Historical Novelhas not aged well. Over the course of his career, Butterfield turned increasingly to historiography and man’s developing view of the past.

History and Judgements of Value 5. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Lord Acton exhorted historians to study problems, not periods; but Butterfield seemed to have done the reverse, and the book lacked a problematic. It brings to light overlooked assumptions and presents a sharp critique of historians who simplify history and adore it only for what it can give to the present.

Beyond this, Butterfield highlights some of the more nuanced habits of the Whig historian: However, Butterfield does not seem to contradict the idea that the past may offer some use, perhaps through exposing human nature or the power of chance?


But the thought is always prior to the fact; all the facts of history preexist in the mind as laws. One of the principal proponents of Whiggish history was Thomas Macaulay author of a celebrated, multivolume, History of England from the Accession of James IIthe first two volumes of which were issued in Fair enough, but I’m willing to step out and ehig the claim that Pol Pot was a wicked man. Be the first to ask a question about 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 whiig historical transition 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.

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We are human; we crave meaning. We, on the other hand, will not dream of wishing it away, but will rejoice in an interpretation of the past which has grown up with us, has grown up with the history itself, and has helped to make the history Nevertheless, Butterfield achieved a vaunted double first, and won the Le Bas prize, the winner of which saw their essay published by the Cambridge University Press.

Butterfield therefore raises some crucial issues with regard to historiography and the study of history. Sep 12, Justin Daniel rated it it was amazing Shelves: The historians who look at it from the Protestant, progressive, “19th Century gentleman” viewpoint are defined by Professor Butterfield as “the Whig historians. Retrieved from ” https: It is not as easy to understand the past as many who have written it would have us believe.

Tawney and Harold Temperley. Butterfield examines how this view of history not only does a great disservice to the advancement of interretation knowledge but inetrpretation only to bolster the self-important delusions of the modern age.