The following discussion of Clarendon differs somewhat in scale from the studies of historians in preceding chapters. Clarendon is so much more important as an authority on the war than most of the other leading historians and is so comprehensive in his discussion of the war that an examination of him on the scale already established in this book would hardly be possible at less than book length and would distractingly emphasize one man in a work which has most emphatically been written as a study of a group. Fortunately, Clarendon is also one of the best known historians of the war, and on the assumption that most persons reading these pages are likely to have some knowledge of his works and the principal scholarly opinions about him, I have taken the liberty of considerable condensation or, as some of my readers will perhaps say, of incompleteness. I give the broad outline of his interpretation, as I understand it, stress some aspects of his interpretation which have not, in my opinion, been sufficiently considered by other writers on him, and at the end consider him from what is, I hope, an unfamiliar angle by comparing him with the other English language historians of the war who wrote before the publication of the first volume of his History.


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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1974

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