LECTURES ON MODERN HISTORY John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

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LECTURES ON MODERN HISTORY by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
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ON THE STUDY OF HISTORYDelivered at Cambridge, June 1895FELLOW STUDENTS--I look back today to a time before the middle of the century, when I was reading at Edinburgh and fervently wishing to come to this University. At three colleges I applied forMoreON THE STUDY OF HISTORYDelivered at Cambridge, June 1895FELLOW STUDENTS--I look back today to a time before the middle of the century, when I was reading at Edinburgh and fervently wishing to come to this University.

At three colleges I applied for admission, and, as things then were, I was refused by all. Here, from the first, I vainly fixed my hopes, and here, in a happier hour, after five-and-forty years, they are at last fulfilled.I desire, first, to speak to you of that which I may reasonably call the Unity of Modern History, as an easy approach to questions necessary to be met on the threshold by any one occupying this place, which my predecessor has made so formidable to me by the reflected lustre of his name.You have often heard it said that Modern History is a subject to which neither beginning nor end can be assigned.

No beginning, because the dense web of the fortunes of man is woven without a void- because, in society as in nature, the structure is continuous, and we can trace things back uninterruptedly, until we dimly descry the Declaration of Independence in the forests of Germany. No end, because, on the same principle, history made and history making are scientifically inseparable and separately unmeaning.



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