Macaulay as a travel agent.


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Am I the only one who read Macaulay and thinks he is literally calling out all historians new and old? While he is bad mouthing, he is also challenging his peers to see more and produce better work. I think Macaulay is pretty epic and bold from what I read and below is my favorite quote from our reading. Whats yours?



“The effect of historical reading is analogous, in many respects, to that produced by foreign travel. The student, like the tourist, is transported into a new state of society. He sees new fashions. He hears new modes of expression. His mind is enlarged by contemplating the wide diversities of laws, of morals, and of manners. But men may travel far, and return with minds as contracted as if they had never stirred from their own market-town.” Pg85 of Stern




St. Augustine

This is a 2010 two-part television miniseries chronicling the life of St. Augustine, the early Christian theologian, writer and Bishop of Hippo Regius at the time of the Vandal invasion in 430 AD. Surprisingly, it was well made.

To understand t…

To understand the methods and biases of E.H. Carr, one must realize the popular philosophies of the time.
“International relations has always been plagued by the seeming battle between its two major doctrines– realism and Idealism. Realism is of course power politics and an ideology in which national interests and security always trump morals and international values. Realism sheds the international relation’s exterior carcass of morals and ethics and unveils the more self-interested aspect of decision-making and international co-operation.”

E.H. Carr: Realism vs. Idealism
Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Game of Politics,

“Carr’s work at…

“Carr’s work attuned to its philosophical wellsprings reveals a thinker in
possession of a coherent and provocative philosophy and a commentator on
international affairs sensitive to the inertial forces tending to perpetuate an
atomistic international system, but also confident that time, along with healthy
-Paul Howe

Howe, Paul. “The Utopian Realism of E.H. Carr” Review of International Studies,Vol. 20, No. 3 (Jul., 1994), pp. 277-297. 8


One of my favorite quotes that I really love by Robinson is “History is doubtless ‘an orchard bearing several trees and fruits of different tastes.’ It may please our fancy, gratify our serious or idle curiosity, test our memories, and, as Bolingbroke says, contribute to ‘a creditable kind of ignorance'” (Varieties of History, 261). ~~Nikolay Zherebnenkov


Hey everyone. I really enjoyed this quote from Voltaire regarding his significance in writing history: “What is my role in all this? Only that of a painter who tries, with a weak but truthful brush, to show men as they were.” (Stern, 38)

His quote reminds me a lot of Van Gogh the painter. He was criticized often for the “crudeness” in which he painted (dirty miners, peasants, etc.) and too sought to “show men as they were.”


-K. Knapp


Hey guys I was just finishing up the homework on Ranke and I started to remember some stuff I read in an interesting history book from another class. It gives a pretty good contextual background in16th century Germany with a focus on government and mercantilism. Not sure if any of you had to read this book but reading some of Ranke’s Latin and Germanic Nations history made me jump back to this book. It is a good primary source for anyone interested in that time period or to compare the difference between a more contemporary historian (Ozment) to Ranke modern approach. Obviously Ozment was influenced by Ranke but the comparison could be done within each historians narrative style. Any way I have listed the book below with a small description and if you ever have Professor Klein as a lecturer you might have to read this one.

Ozment, Steve. Magdalena and Balthasar: An intimate Portrait of Life in the 16th Century Europe Revealed in the Letters of a Nuremberg Husband and Wife, Yale University Press, 1986.

A set of letters between a German husband and wife that lived during the 16th century that help describe mercantilism and its affect on the areas growth. There are also insights into the practice of medicine, birth rates and government bodies within the letters. Ozment’s commentary helped give the letters context and created a nice broad historical view at 16th century Germany.