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The Idea of History by R.G. Collingwood
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Dec 08, 09

bookshelves: sociological, philosophy

This is pretty interesting. Collingwood seems like on of the first historians to really utilize ideas from evolutionary theory and modern psychology in his ideas about history. He manages to create a view of history that is centered on the individual attempting to inhabit and understand the mental states of the past, and while I have some major issues with that, the way he structures it feels nuanced and genuine instead of cheaply nostalgic. And sometimes out of the blue he will just throw out an observation that's about 60 years ahead of its time. For an Oxford don, he's pretty damn quirky
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