William Stubbs 's Influence On Academic Studies And Future Historians

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William Stubbs had transformed the study of history to a continuous and research driven university discipline. It is important to note that the study of history was not created by Stubbs as it was present for centuries. However through Stubbs’s work the subject of history began to have an impact for academic studies and future historians. The legacy of Stubbs can be seen through the introduction of the Constitution History of England. Stubbs’s articulates a warning to his audience before reading the history of the Constitution of England as it lists what history was and what it is now to become. Previously history was a topic that was based on a romantic atmosphere and the setting was picturesque with stories of hero’s and fame. Nevertheless, Stubbs then brings his own revision of history that has value, requires effort to do research, and history “regularly develops a series of cause and consequences”. This particular idea of continuity for Stubbs was the foundational principle of history that would resonate for future historians across generations. This particular interpretation of history transitions from the romantic interpretation of the past to study a more scientific approach of cause and consequences of a historical event. This can be further seen in Stubbs’s History of Constitution of England when describing Richard I as not a good king. Richard I was one of the most famous Kings in England during the Middle Ages, however Stubbs challenges his popularity…

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