[Humanist] 23.559 why history?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Mon Jan 11 10:14:13 CET 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 559.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 09:13:09 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: why history?

I am looking for strongly positive statements about the value of 
studying and writing history. I'd prefer something far more positive 
than Santayana's “Those who ignore history are compelled unknowingly to 
relive it”, from Reason in Common Sense (1905: 284), to counterbalance 
Stephen Daedalus' “History... is a nightmare from which I am trying to 
awake”, Ulysses I, and Karl Marx's "The tradition of all the dead 
generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living [wie ein 
Alp auf dem Gehirne der Lebenden],” The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis 
Bonaparte (1852).

Any suggestions?


Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
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