This is a blog dedicated to history, current affairs and the making of history for the future. I write primarily on British and US politics and culture, epistemology, skepticism, modernity, intellectual history and concepts of historical truth. The writing is probably a stylistic blend of paperback history, broadsheet journalism and magazine commentary but the critics can decide.
The spirit of the blog, where it began and what animates the contributions made to it can be found in the following discussion of the purpose and value of History by David Hume, with my own emphasis added:
“I must add, that history is not only a valuable part of knowledge, but opens the door to many other parts, and affords materials to most of the sciences. And indeed, if we consider the shortness of human life, and our limited knowledge, even of what passes in our own time, we must be sensible that we should be for ever children in understanding, were it not for this invention, which extends our experience to all past ages, and to the most distant nations; making them contribute as much to our improvement in wisdom, as if they had actually lain under our observation. A man acquainted with history may, in some respect, be said to have lived from the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual additions to his stock of knowledge in every century.”
– David Hume, ‘Of the Study of History’, 1741.