Sir John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, KCVO (1834-1902), commonly known as simply Lord Acton, was an English historian, the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet and grandson of the Neapolitan admiral, Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet. He was a master of the principal foreign languages and began at an early age to collect a magnificent historicalSir John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, KCVO (1834-1902), commonly known as simply Lord Acton, was an English historian, the only son of Sir Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, 7th Baronet and grandson of the Neapolitan admiral, Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet. He was a master of the principal foreign languages and began at an early age to collect a magnificent historical library, with the object - which, however, he never realized - of writing a great History of Liberty. In politics, he was always an ardent Liberal. Acton took a great interest in America, considering its Federal structure the perfect guarantor of individual liberties. Acton became the editor of the Roman Catholic monthly paper, The Rambler, in 1859, on John Henry (later Cardinal) Newman s retirement from the editorship. In 1862, he merged this periodical into the Home and Foreign Review. His works include: A Lecture on the Study of History (1895), The Life of Mandell Creighton (1904), Lectures on Modern History (1906), Historical Essays and Studies (1907), The History of Freedom and Other Essays (1907) and Lectures on the French Revolution (1910)....
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Διαμαντάκι· η ιστορία της δυτικής Ευρώπης απ το 1450 έως κ την Αμερικανική Επανάσταση. Γρήγορη, ευσυνοπτη, καιρια και ακριβής. Από τα μαθήματα του Λόρδου Ακτον στο πανεπιστήμιο του Κέημπριτζ την περίοδο 1895-1901! Γνήσια βρετανική ιστορία, όπου η αφήγηση σε κερδίζει και το κείμενο ρέει.
There is probably more good history in this book than you will find in all of the required history texts you had from sixth grade through college. Written for people who care about history that matters and not as a validation or condemnation of transient fads. Lord Acton was one of the last in line of a few centuries of great English and French historians who were truly in love with history, the likes of which are unfathomable anymore. Four hundred years of the development of the Western world should read like a great novel and in so few words, Acton wrote that novel. The five short pages at the end focusing on the American revolution really put the ridiculous and stubborn smallness of the British Empire in great perspective. A star removed for the meandering and dull introduction and the useless section of quotes, the majority in one of half a dozen foreign tongues.
A great summary of Acton's most interesting ideas on, for his time, recent events. Especially the part on Peter's Russia was extraordinary. Most of all, an interesting way to grasp the nineteenth-century idea of different concepts, like modern history, civilisation, liberty and Europe. Acton was a cosmopolitan, a Napels-born Englishman with Bavarian roots but most of all, a Catholic Briton. Acton was perhaps one of the most "European" Britons but his lectures also painfully examines that a Brexit was determined already a long time ago in British cultural thought. Acton has to explicitly express his Europeanness, thus admitting that it is not a self-evident character of an Englishman. An even Lord Acton, a man with much affection for the Continent, cannot help using language that implicitly seperates the Island from Europe: "When Europe did this and that, England did such", "This and that had a great influence on European philosophy, but as well for English thought", "While Europe was in this, England remained that", and so on. For many this might not be the most enlightening aspect of the book, but as for me it did make me realise that English euroscepticism is rooted in more than Syrian crises and the absence of WW2 victimhood.
Lectures on Modern History is a series of lectures Lord Acton delivered as a history professor at Cambridge. Each one concentrates on a particular event, time period, or influential person in European history from the 1400's through the 1700's. Reading this book is like going to class to the kind of professor whose every sentence contains valuable information, insight, and how the ideas of the time period being discussed relates to events and people that came before and after, so that you can barely write notes fast enough to keep up with the lecture. Thorough and concise. How often are both those qualities to be met with in the same author?The lectures are self contained, so you can read them out of order if you want to without feeling lost. Another good thing about this format is that the lectures are easily used as a quick reference of each era or person being discussed. Each lecture is only about 10 pages long, more or less. So if you are about to read another book discussing a particular era or person in more detail, or even a work of literature set or written in that era, you can use Lord Acton's lecture about that time to refresh your mind about key ideas, events, and people. That's the most likely use to which my copy will be put in the future.The 19 lecture topics in order, are:1. The Beginning of the Modern State2. The New World3. The Renaissance4. Luther5. The Counter-Reformation6. Calvin & Henry VIII7. Philip II, Mary Stuart, and Elizabeth8. The Huguenots and the League9. Henry IV & Richelieu10. The 30 Years' War11. The Puritan Revolution12. The Rise of the Whigs13. The English Revolution14. Louis XIV15. The War of Spanish Succession16. The Hanoverian Settlement17. Peter the Great and the Rise of Prussia18. Frederick the Great19. The American RevolutionAlso included in the beginning is Lord Acton's Inaugural Lecture on the Study of History.
Lord Acton's commentary on world history 1500-1785. Some very bright insights, but as many dubious ones. Whig History in both literal and pejorative senses of the term.