I have nothing revolutionary or even novel to offer.
Throughout this evolution from left to right, Beard always detested war. Hence his writings were slanted to show that the military side of history was insignificant or a mere reflection of economic forces.
Abhorrence of apartheid is a moral attitude, not a policy.
The same contingencies of time and space that force a statesman or soldier to make decisions, impel the historian, though with less urgency, to make up his mind.
Skepticism is an important historical tool. It is the starting point of all revision of hitherto accepted history.
Courses on historical methodology are not worth the time that they take up. I shall never give one myself, and I have observed that many of my colleagues who do give such courses refrain from exemplifying their methods by writing anything.
Any child knows that history can only be a reduced representation of reality, but it must be a true one, not distorted by queer lenses.
Intellectual honesty is the quality that the public in free countries always has expected of historians; much more than that it does not expect, nor often get.
Historical methodology, as I see it, is a product of common sense applied to circumstances.
Everyone agrees to that; but when we come to define truth, dissension starts.