History is history

Chronological snobbery [is] the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.

C. S. Lewis

1 thought on “History is history

  1. F.W. Maitland was optimistic about the future: “By slow degrees the thoughts of our forefathers — their common thoughts about common things — will have become thinkable once more.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville, less hopeful: “Since the past no longer clarifies the future, the mind moves in shadows.”

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