Can History Do Without Theory?

Gordon, David. "Can History Do Without Theory?" Review of The New History And The Old: Critical Essays And Reappraisals, by Gertrude Himmelfarb. The Mises Review 10, No. 2. Summer 2004.


Gertrude Himmelfarb is an intellectual historian of great distinction. She has specialized in British nineteenth-century history; and her book on Lord Acton, her study of nineteenth-century thought on poverty, and her collection Victorian Minds have had a deserved influence. Perhaps her most influential essay analyzed, to devastating effect, Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon; her most neglected work is her outstanding Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution.

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