The book concludes by discussing the versatility of Butterfield's interests and projects; his work over the long term of his career as historian proves as much. Yet, there can be detected a constant force pulling in one direction through all his work, no matter what the topic or theme. In one way or another, just about everything he treated became a question of general historical thinking. He was continuously engaged over the decades with the contemplation of the larger questions of human history and historical study, particularly those that induce him to ponder history and religion. Considering what might be his most significant contributions overall, a clear answer emerges. His best gifts to the worlds he inhabited were his intellectual reconsiderations of history and historical study, and of the inter-suffusion of religion and history. He provided a lasting model of the benefits for historians and other scholars of general historical thinking.
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