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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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The Top and After the Top

The Top and After the Top

(p.319) 12 The Top and After the Top
Herbert Butterfield

C. T. McIntire

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Butterfield's tenure as vice-chancellor of Cambridge University. When he was elected Master, his aim was to carry on with research and writing. Next he became the chief executive officer of the whole university as well. In outlook, sympathies, and approach, Butterfield very much remained the historian, and the historian at the top at that. We can regard his activity as vice-chancellor as Butterfield putting his historical thought to work. He behaved like the devotee who was granted just a few moments to promote his cause, and threw himself fully into his new duties. The cause was his vision of the individual, the university, academic research, and education, and he seemed to enjoy thoroughly the politics that provided the medium. He tried to fulfill the role of the wise leader concerned with broad policy, not the administrator of detail or the wielder of power.

Keywords:   vice-chancellor, Cambridge University, chief executive officer, historian at the top, historical thought

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