Vladimir Putin

Trevelyan, George Macaulay

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The system of education through humane letters; an education that never dissociated history from literature. The replacement of the classics by physical science as the chief study of the educated. The mind of the "plain people" that used to be soaked in the Bible and very little else, now soaked in the voluminous journals, magazines, novels, short stories and the cinema. Creating substitutes for what we have lost. Possible substitutes being attempts. Fighting dangers to our common heritage in the Universities. Conditions for the survival of the humane studies. The survival of history and literature, and upon what that depends. The need to teach English language and literature along with historical background. A discussion supporting the concept that the study of literature cannot get along without history, and that history cannot get along without literature. Comments on the history of mankind, and of classical literature. A detailed discussion of the ways in which history is indissolubly bound to literature. A closer examination of the work of the historian, divided into three parts: the collection and collation of evidence; the interpretation of the results of the evidence; the exposition of the results. The public demand for historical literature in England. Aspects of the interpretation of history. The value of contemporary fiction such as Homer, Chaucer, and the novels of the 18th and 19th century as providing evidence of historical value with regard to the life of the times in which the authors lived. A word about historical novels, especially those by Sir Walter Scott. How Scott revolutionized history. Historians who came after Scott. Scott's influence upon historians proper, and his founding of a school of historical novelists who have done much and are still doing much to render history interesting to the public. A new branch being added to historical fiction today: the modern chronicle drama, with examples. Research in history. The division between civilized and semi-savage man by the consciousness of our forefathers as they really were; reconstructing the mosaic of the long-forgotten past. "Truth is the criterion of historical study; but its impelling motive is poetic. Its poetry consists in its being true. There we find the synthesis of the scientific and literary views of history."

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