George Macaulay Trevelyan


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George Macaulay Trevelyan (16 February 1876 – 21 July 1962), was a British historian. Trevelyan was the third son of Sir George Otto Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet, and great-nephew of Thomas Babington Macaulay, whose staunch liberal Whig principles he espoused in accessible works of literate narrative avoiding a consciously dispassionate analysis, that became old-fashioned during his long and productive ... more »

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  • ''Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.''
    G.M. (George Macaulay) Trevelyan (1876-1962), British historian. English Social History, ch. 18 (1942).
  • ''Social history might be defined negatively as the history of a people with the politics left out.''
    G.M. (George Macaulay) Trevelyan (1876-1962), British historian. English Social History, introduction (1942).
  • ''Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilisation.''
    G.M. (George Macaulay) Trevelyan (1876-1962), British historian. English Social History, introduction (1942).
  • ''Socrates gave no diplomas or degrees, and would have subjected any disciple who demanded one to a disconcerting catechism on the nature of true knowledge.''
    G.M. (George Macaulay) Trevelyan (1876-1962), British historian. History of England, bk. 2, ch. 4 (1926).
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