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Welcome sign in sign up. Some historians are born controversialists, others have controversy thrust upon them. Alfred Cobban belongs to the first group; in a lifetime of vigorous and witty polemicizing, he has aimed at a variety of targets with a fine disregard for political consequences that only a thoroughly committed historian could muster.

My own book is in this respect, I hope, equally unsatisfactory to writers of the left and of the right, since it was not written from the point of view, or for the political advantage, of either. His Rousseau and the Modern State , first published in , was among the first books in English to rescue Rousseau from a century of extravagant misinterpretation, and to defend him not merely against his detractors, but against his more wild-eyed supporters as well.

His In Search of Humanity , published in , offered a cogent defense of the Enlightenment from the standpoint of modern political theory, and did so not by being defensive, but by attacking those cultural critics who see the upheavals of the twentieth century as the dreadful logical consequence of the radical philosophy of the eighteenth; the book contains one of my favorite paragraphs in the literature of historical controversy:.

Tracing a line of descent backwards is bound to produce positive results, and then by a simple process of reversion we can create the illusion of a necessary catena of cause and effect. Each link in the chain is valid, yet it must be confessed that, though there are common features and affinities in the ideas of Aquinas and Stalin, the whole has distinctly less value than the parts.

Shrewdly, and rightly, Cobban here acknowledges the great debt that he, and the entire historical profession, owe to these Marxists: he quotes freely and approvingly from their exhaustive….

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Alfred Cobban

He held a Rockefeller Fellowship for research in France and was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. An editor of History magazine, Cobban also published articles in the English Historical Review , the Political Science Quarterly , International Affairs and other historical and political journals. A photograph of Alfred Cobban, a complete list of his publications, and an essay on his life and work by C. The essays in this volume were all written by his students, except one by his friend, George Rude. In Cobban used his inaugural lecture as professor of French history at University College London to attack what he called the "social interpretation" of the French Revolution. The lecture was later published as "The Myth of the French Revolution"

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Cobban, Professor Alfred Bert Carter (1901–1968)

He held a Rockefeller Fellowship for research in France and was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. An editor of History magazine, Cobban also published articles in the English Historical Review , the Political Science Quarterly , International Affairs and other historical and political journals. A photograph of Alfred Cobban, a complete list of his publications, and an essay on his life and work by C. The essays in this volume were all written by his students, except one by his friend, George Rude. In Cobban used his inaugural lecture as professor of French history at University College, London to attack what he called the "social interpretation" of the French Revolution.

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