Reading, Writing, And History

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And it is, after all, the arrogance that is the keynote of this work. Implicit throughout is the assumption that here, at last and for the first time, the way to find historical truth has been perfected. The grail has at last been found, and down from the mountain comes a solemn voice proclaiming its words of assurance: Ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you … well, if not exactly free, at least somewhat dazed.

A great breakthrough in history cliometrics is not; but it is a break-through in the field of publicity.