16 Jun

It might be said that out of the dissemination of historical studies there has been born into the world a new form of nonsense, a new realm of specious generalizations and vague plausibilities . . . characterized by the bold handling of concepts that do not represent anything capable of genuine concrete visualization—the whole issuing out of a process of too much argumentation upon abridged history.

—Herbert Butterfield, The Whig Interpretation of History