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Herbert ButterfieldHistorian as Dissenter$
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C.T. McIntire

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098075

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098075.001.0001

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On War and Historiography

On War and Historiography

(p.235) 9 On War and Historiography
Herbert Butterfield

C. T. McIntire

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the time after the death of Butterfield's father, when he felt uncertain about his major projects. A few months previous to this time, and again, he surveyed his recent life, and each time he confided in Paul Vellacott, the Master of Peterhouse. He admitted that he had spent too much time “in outside lectures and in forms of propaganda,” and acknowledged that he had done so by deliberate decision. He was pleased that publications resulted, but confessed that he regarded them as incidental. He catalogued what he counted as his real work, the historical writing which seemed to proceed only slowly, if at all: Fox, the Concise Cambridge Modern History, the Temperley biography, the Acton diaries. He continued to affirm that the Fox biography was his main task, and admitted to severe anxiety over the difficulties attached to completing the minute research that both his theory and his temperament imposed upon him.

Keywords:   major projects, Paul Vellacott, outside lectures, forms of propaganda, real work

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