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By C.T. McIntire

Herbert Butterfield (1900-1979) was once a tremendous British historian and spiritual philosopher whose principles, particularly his thought of a "Whig interpretation of history", stay deeply influential. during this highbrow biography - the 1st finished research of Butterfield - C.T. McIntire specializes in the inventive methods that lay in the back of Butterfield's highbrow accomplishments. Drawing on his investigations into Butterfield's titanic and numerous output of released and unpublished paintings, McIntire explores Butterfield's principles and techniques. He describes Butterfield's lifelong devotion to his Methodist religion and indicates how his Christian spirituality lively his old paintings. He additionally strains the subject matter of dissent that ran via Butterfield's lifestyles and paintings, offering a guy who stumbled on himself at odds with triumphing convictions approximately historical past, morality, politics, faith, and instructing, a guy who increased the thought of dissent into an ethic of dwelling in stress with any proven process.

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He did not pursue science and math along with Aspirations 9 the sons of the mercantile class, nor did he study Latin and Greek as did the privileged youth in the elite schools of England. He followed neither the ‘‘modern’’ curriculum suitable for success in capitalist society, nor the ‘‘classical’’ curriculum for gentlemen and the aristocracy. The best he could expect from his nondescript historical curriculum might be a life consigned to teaching school. As Herbert well knew, the immediate object of his studies was not to learn history but simply to pass the examinations that lay ahead.

To reach his new school in Keighley, Herbert traveled northward five miles early each morning on the steam railway through the Worth Valley. At midday when the other boys went home for dinner, he went to the newsagent’s and tobacconist’s shop which Amos Dewhirst now operated in Keighley not far from the school, and in a room in the back of the shop ate his dinner with the Dewhirst family. After the meal, when the other boys played sports, Herbert, who disliked sports, usually read. He would take the train home again late in the afternoon.

His father pressed him hard, and Herbert quietly assumed the vicarious role of satisfying his father’s unfulfiled aspirations. Education and scholarships would become the means of his advancement. He had to come out on top in the advanced level examinations, and he set to work with extraordinary single-mindedness. It would appear that his only noncurricular activity at school consisted of serving as student assistant prefect during his last year, a sign that his reputation with the headmaster must be rising.

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