Introductory Lectures on Modern History

Introductory Lectures on Modern History PDF Author: Thomas Arnold
ISBN: 9781330504567
Category : Study Aids
Languages : en
Pages : 434

Book Description
Excerpt from Introductory Lectures on Modern History: Delivered in Lent Term, MDCCCXLII; With the Inaugural Lecture, Delivered in December, MDCCCXLI It will be seen from Dr. Arnold's prefatory note, that these Lectures were printed almost exactly as they were delivered; the date of the publication showing too that it was very soon after the delivery of them. The Lectures are altogether of an introductory character, and it was the humble hope of the author, that in succeeding years he would be enabled to devote other courses to the farther examination of modern history - the subject which he regarded as "of all others the most interesting, inasmuch as it includes all questions of the deepest interest, relating not to human things only, but to divine." The last lecture in this volume appears to have been delivered in the month of February, 1842, and it was upon the 12th of June that Dr. Arnold's sudden death took place. The hope of future labors in modern history was not to be fulfilled, and, in the words of his biographer, "the Introductory Lectures were to be invested with the solemnity of being the last words which he spoke in his beloved university." The design of these Lectures cannot be better described than by saying that they were intended to excite a greater interest in the study of history. Dr. Arnold's biographer thus speaks of them: "The course was purely and in every sense of the word 'introductory.' As the design of his first residence in Oxford was not to gain influence over the place so much as to familiarize himself with it after his long absence; so the object of his first lecture was not so much to impart any historical knowledge, as to state his own view of history, and to excite an interest in the study of it. 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.