This chapter describes how Butterfield's love for historical thought nourished his imagination after his vice-chancellorship. Thinking in general about history could go on in his head while he was doing something else, even university administration. Subtly, without explicit resolve, he occupied himself more and more with the history of historiography. His thinking became comparative, and expanded to cover the whole globe. In spite of his exaltation of “technical history,” he had neither the time nor the interest to resume the minutely detailed and seemingly unending research that his method demanded. He had already demonstrated that general historical thinking could produce far-reaching effects, with the promise of long-lasting results. In the history of historiography, he found new purpose, new inspiration, and when he finally gave himself again to the subject, new excitement in his work.
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