Bolivar and the Independence of Spanish America

Excerpt

This series has been undertaken in the conviction that there can be no subject of study more important than history. Great as have been the conquests of natural science in our time --such that many think of ours as a scientific age par excellence--it is even more urgent and necessary that advances should be made in the social sciences, if we are to gain control of the forces of nature loosed upon us. The bed out of which all the social sciences spring is history; there they find, in greater or lesser degree, subject-matter and material, verification or contradiction.

There is no end to what we can learn from history, if only we would, for it is coterminous with life. Its special field is the life of man in society, and at every point we can learn vicariously from the experience of others before us in history.

To take one point only--the understanding of politics: how can we hope to understand the world of affairs around us if we do not know how it came to be what it is? How to understand Germany, or Soviet Russia, or the United States --or ourselves, without knowing something of their history?

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1948

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