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Lectures on Modern History

By Acton, John

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Title: Lectures on Modern History  
Author: Acton, John
Language: English
Subject: Political science., Economics and literature, Economic & political studies series
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: Archive for the History of Economic Thought


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Excerpt: Inaugural Lecture on the Study of History. [Delivered at Cambridge, June 1895 ] Fellow students?I look back today to a time before the middle of the century, when I was reading at Edinburgh and fervently wishing to come to this University. At three colleges I applied for admission, and, as things then were, I was refused by all. Here, from the first, I vainly fixed my hopes, and here, in a happier hour, after five-and-forty years, they are at last fulfilled. I desire, first, to speak to you of that which I may reasonably call the Unity of Modern History, as an easy approach to questions necessary to be met on the threshold by any one occupying this place, which my predecessor has made so formidable to me by the reflected lustre of his name.

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Inaugural Lecture: On the Study of History // Beginning of the Modern State // II. The New World // III. The Renaissance // IV. Luther // V. The Counter-Reformation // VI. Calvin and Henry VIII // VII. Philip II, Mary Stuart, and Elizabeth // VIII. The Huguenots and the League // IX. Henry the Fourth and Richelieu // X. The Thirty Years? War // XI. The Puritan Revolution // XII. The Rise of the Whigs // XIII. The English Revolution // XIV. Lewis the Fourteenth // XV. The War of the Spanish Succession // XVI. The Hanoverian Settlement // XVII. Peter the Great and the Rise of Prussia // XVIII. Frederic the Great // XIX. The American Revolution //


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