Herbert Butterfield

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Herbert Butterfield (October 7, 1900July 20, 1979) was a British historian and philosopher of history who is remembered chiefly for a slim volume entitled The Whig Interpretation of History (1931).


  • About the scientific revolution: it “outshines everything since the rise of Christianity and reduces the Renaissance and Reformation to the rank of mere episodes”.
    • The origins of modern science, 1300-1800, Bell, 1949.