Collingwood's Historical Principles at Work
Salas (Charles G.)
Source: History and Theory, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Feb., 1987), pp. 53-71
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Author’s Introduction1

  1. The word "classic" applies equally well to R. G. Collingwood's The Idea of History and his Roman Britain and The English Settlements (RBES). When attention has been given to both, it has been given by philosophers who used passages from RBES to exemplify or clarify Collingwood's idea of history.
  2. Favorite passages include Collingwood's treatments of Julius Caesar, the Claudian conquest of Britain, and the vallum behind Hadrian's Wall. Here, say the philosophers, we see Collingwood's historical principles at work.
  3. They never ask how well they worked. If they did, they would learn that the passages they value are the very ones historians find most objectionable. At first glance it does not seem that Collingwood's principles worked very well. Here we take a closer look.

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