Missouri Historical Review Volume 3-4

Missouri Historical Review Volume 3-4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...is a procedure without warrant in history or sociology. Ideological conceptions of history are no better than the other one sided theories of social evolution. Hegel and some other phil- osophers of history have attempted to show that the historical movement has been determined by the evolution of certain leading ideas. But while ideas and beliefs have been true forces in history of which the historian and sociologist must take account, to conceive of social evolution as wholly or even dominantly an evolution of ideas is utterly to misconceive its nature. The same thing would have to be said, of course-. of any attempt to interpret history dominantly in terms of religious beliefs and practices, or in terms of political forms and ideals. Finally. a word must be said about the great man theory of history. or, as I should prefer to call it, the individualistic conception of social evolution. According to this theory the social life is shaped chiefly. if not exclusively, by the achievements of a few great personalities. Perhaps on account of its detailed study of events, and also on account of the science being burdened in the past by literary men more interested in the dramatic than in exact scientific truth, history has at times come more perilously near endorsing their view of social evolution than any other. The trouble with this view of history is that it leaves out of account the strong and deep undercurrents in a people's life which shape, not only social institutions, but even the great men themselves to whom such great social potency is attributed. There is, no doubt, a place for the influence of individuality, personality, in social evolution, and history taught from the sociological point of view will give it its due...show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 381g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236803736
  • 9781236803733