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Herbert Butterfield: Historian as Dissenter

C.T. McIntire


Herbert Butterfield was an important British historian and religious thinker whose ideas, in particular his concept of a “Whig interpretation of history,” remain deeply influential. This biography focuses on the creative processes that lay behind Butterfield's intellectual accomplishments. Drawing on his investigations into Butterfield's vast and diverse output of published and unpublished work, the book explores Butterfield's ideas and methods. It describes Butterfield's lifelong devotion to his Methodist faith and shows how his Christian spirituality animated his historical work. It also tra ... More

Keywords: Herbert Butterfield, Methodism, spirituality, history, morality, politics, religion, teaching, dissent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300098075
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300098075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C.T. McIntire, author