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An Introduction to the History of Western Europe (Classic Reprint)



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An Introduction to the History of Western Europe (Classic Reprint) by James Harvey Robinson
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Excerpt from An Introduction to the History of Western Europe In introducing the student to the history of the development of European culture, the problem of selection and proportion has seemed to me, throughout, the fundamental one. Consequently I have endeavored not only to state matters truly and clearly, but also to recall only those past events, institutions, and beliefs which it is essential for one to know in order to understand our own age. It has therefore been necessary, in so short an account of so vast a theme, to omit the names of many personages and conflicts of secondary importance which have ordinarily found their way into our historical manuals. I have ventured to neglect also a considerable number of episodes and anecdotes which, while hallowed by assiduous repetition, appear to owe their longevity to accident or fancy rather than to any profound significance. Institutions which still deeply affect us - above all, the Church - have, on the other hand, been dealt with more generously than usual. The life and work of a few men of indubitably first-rate influence in the various fields of human endeavor have been assigned a place proportionate to their achievements. Lastly, the scope of the work has been broadened so that the merely political and military history falls somewhat into the background, and the economic, literary, and scientific achievements of the past form an integral part of the narrative. In composing the original edition, published many years ago, I relied upon a great variety of sources of information belonging to various orders in the hierarchy of historical literature. I also received much aid from kind colleagues and friends. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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June 8th, 2017
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