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Unformatted text preview: What is History? -- Some Quotations (Hist 2c Handout--Prof. Marcuse, UCSB) 1. This I regard as history's highest function, to let no worthy action be uncommemorated, and to hold out the reprobation of posterity as a terror to evil words and deeds. Tacitus (ca. 56 - ca. 117), Roman senator and historian 2. Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results. Niccol Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian diplomat and philosopher 3. History is philosophy teaching by example and also by warning. Lord Henry St. John Bolingbroke (1678-1751), British politician 4. History consists of a series of accumulated imaginative inventions. Voltaire (1694-1778), French Enlightenment philosopher 5. In history, a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing the materials of future wisdom from the past...
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course HIST 2C taught by Professor Stokes during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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