The Idea of History Author:R.G. Collingwood For many years before his death in 1943, R.G. Collingwood, who was both a Professor of Philosophy at OXford and a practicing historian, was engaged in what he intended as a major contribution to the philosophy of history. The Idea of HIstory, first published in 1946, was put together from the author's uncompleted manuscript and edited wi... more »th a critical preface by Professor T.M. Knox.
A large part of the book describes how the modern idea of history has grown up from the time of Herotodus to the present day. A final section consists of a number of essays on such subjects as teh nature of history, historical method, historical evidence, and progress.
Of the author and the book, Hans Kohn wrote in The New York Times« less