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THE

UNITY OF HISTORY.

Cambridge:

PRINTED BY C. J. CLAY, M.A.

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

THE

UNITY OF HISTORY.

THE REDE LECTURE

DELIVERED IN THE SENATE-HOUSE

BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
ON FRIDAY, MAY 24, 1872.

BY

EDWARD A. FREEMAN, M.A., HON. D.C.L.

FORMERLY FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD.

London:

MACMILLAN AND CO.

1872.

[All Rights reserved.]

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Bequest. W. W. Bushop 8-19-55

THE UNITY OF HISTORY.

THE revival of learning in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries marks, as is agreed on all hands, one of the great epochs in the history of the mind of man. It is easy to exaggerate the extent of the revival itself; it is easy to dwell too exclusively on the bright side of its results; but the undoubted fact still remains by none the less. That age was an age when the spirit of man cast away trammels by which it had long been fettered; it was an age when men opened their eyes to light against which they had been closed for ages. A new world was opened; or more truly, a world which men never had forgotten, but which had become to them a

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