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" it should not merely gratify the reader's curiosity about the past, but modify his view of the present and his forecast of the future. Now, if this maxim be sound, the history of England ought to end with something that might be called a moral. "
The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal - Page 174
1927
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Lessons from History of Education: The Selected Works of Richard Aldrich

Richard Aldrich - Education - 2006 - 252 pages
...that history, while it should be scientific in its method, should pursue a practical object. That is, it should not merely gratify the reader's curiosity...to end with something that might be called a moral. 21 Seeley's history, indeed, was future-oriented. Whilst, however, his condemnation of the 'foppish...
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Lessons from History of Education: The Selected Works of Richard Aldrich

Richard Aldrich - Education - 2006 - 256 pages
...that history, while it should be scientific in its method, should pursue a practical object. That is, it should not merely gratify the reader's curiosity...to end with something that might be called a moral. 21 Seeley's history, indeed, was future-oriented. Whilst, however, his condemnation of the 'foppish...
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The Expansion of England: Two Courses of Lectures

Sir John Robert Seeley - History - 2005 - 322 pages
...that history, while it should be scientific in its method, should pursue a practical object. That is, it should not merely gratify the reader's curiosity...to end with something that might be called a moral. Some large conclusion ought to arise out of it; it ought to exhibit the general tendency of English...
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Obiter Dicta: Second Series, Volume 2

Augustine Birrell - English literature - 1887 - 312 pages
...history, while it should ‘be scientific in its method, should pursue a ‘practical object—that is, it should not merely . ‘gratify the reader's curiosity...‘end with something that might be called a ‘moral.' This, it must be admitted, is a large order. The task of the historian, as here explained, is not merely...
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Churchman, Volume 10

Anglican Communion - 1884 - 594 pages
...his interesting and XI fascinating lectures—" history should pursue a practical object. That is, it should not merely gratify the reader's curiosity about the past, but modify his views of the present, and his forecast of the future. The interest of English history ought therefore...
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