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Whig view of history


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Term coined by the historian Herbert Butterfield as the title of his book The Whig Interpretation of History (1931). The error is that of reading history as a progress, starting in some benighted time and somehow directed upon, or inevitably culminating in, the glorious present. More generally it may include the error of reading present beliefs and attitudes back into the past. See also rationalization.

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