Excerpt from How to Study, and Teach History: With Particular Reference to the History of the United States
I am not disparaging the study of man's environment, however, but only pointing out the extremes to which the reaction against the former somewhat abstract view has led. The old theory was made by men intoxicated with the great idea of individual freedom, and as a con sequence it slighted the material factor of civilization. It was reluctant to admit the existence of such a factor. The reaction that has set in 'from the province of natural science proposes to ignore man's freedom and take ao count only of the determining circumstance, which sur round individuals and groups of men.
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