By Michael Stanford
This e-book courses scholars via the entire significant old thoughts, theories, equipment and difficulties confronting these engaged within the critical examine of heritage.
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Opening at random Joinville's Chronicle of the Crusades, I find: It was settled that the king should land on the Friday before Trinity and do battle with the Saracens, unless they refused to stand. The king ordered my Lord John of Beaumont to assign a galley to my Lord Everard of Brienne and to myself, so as that we might land, we and our knights, because the great ships could not get close up to the shore. 8 Seven centuries later some historians still write like this (only in the third person, instead of the first).
The second part is the assessment that we make of the present state of affairs. This state of affairs is not only relevant to why we want to act our intention; it also helps us to weigh up our chances of success, and to decide how best to achieve our aim. The third, then, is the means that we adopt for our purpose. Next, we remember that to do anything at all requires energy, both mental and physical. Hence there has to be some emotion that drives us to act love, hate, fear, ambition, and so on.
The analogy has often been drawn between history and human life. But can it be taken seriously? (Are we now in the old age of the world? Or in its maturity? ) Yet the image is so strong that the hard-headed and rational Karl Marx was betrayed into appealing to it in order to explain the continuing popularity of Greek art and mythology long after (according to his own theories of culture's dependence on the economic base) they should have been discarded. For 'Where does Vulcan come in as against Roberts & Co.?
A Companion to the Study of History by Michael Stanford