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historical method


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  • n. The techniques and guidelines by which historians use primary sources and other evidence to research and then to write history.


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  • Brouwer's unflinching love of truth and his true historical method were not agreeable to the councillors of the archbishop; so, although the publication of his work had been sanctioned by the authorities of his order, it could not be issued.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • In the "Consid√©rations", Montesquieu, by undertaking to explain the succession events by the power of ideas, the character of the people, the action and reaction of cause and effect, inaugurated an historical method unknown to his predecessors -- certainly not to

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI


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