"History is past politics, and politics present history': who said it?

Hesketh, Ian (2014) "History is past politics, and politics present history': who said it?. Notes and Queries, 61 1: 105-108. doi:10.1093/notesj/gjt244

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Author Hesketh, Ian
Title "History is past politics, and politics present history': who said it?
Journal name Notes and Queries   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-6941
Publication date 2014-01-21
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/notesj/gjt244
Open Access Status
Volume 61
Issue 1
Start page 105
End page 108
Total pages 4
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
‘HISTORY is past politics, and politics present history’ must surely be one of the more famous quotations of Victorian historiography. Not only a clever turn of phrase, it also has the benefit of expressing a widespread belief about the inherent relationship between history and politics that was one of the hallmark assumptions underpinning much Victorian historical writing, ranging from the work of mid-century belles lettres to the more specialized histories produced by university historians at the turn of the century. But who actually coined the phrase?...
Keyword Freeman
Victorian studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes First published online: January 21, 2014

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Created: Fri, 24 Jan 2014, 17:42:13 EST by Ian Hesketh on behalf of Centre for History of European Discourses