On the Liberties of History


The purpose of this colloquium was to examine the manner in which history is understood and interpreted, and, in so doing, to consider what lessons history might offer for our understanding of both liberty and the free society.


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On History and Other Essays

by By Michael Oakeshott
Foreword by Timothy Fuller

In five essays, including three on historiography, one of the greatest minds in English political thought in the twentieth century explores themes central to the human experience: the nature of history, the rule of law, and the quest for power that is intrinsic to the human condition. Michael Oakeshott believed,…

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Additional Readings

Croce, Benedetto. History as the Story of Liberty. Translated by Sylvia Sprigge. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2000.

Mises, Ludwig von. Theory and History: An Interpretation of Social and Economic Evolution. Edited by Bettina Bien Greaves. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005.

Strauss, Leo. Natural Right and History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Wood, Gordon S. The Purpose of the Past. New York: Penguin Press, 2008.