William Stubbs

Classic Pamphlet

J. G. Edwards, last updated: 9th October 2015

William Stubbs was among the earliest, and is still one of the greatest of the academical English historians. His life (1825-1901) fell in a period that produced a notable succession of distinguished historians in England. He was the first of them to do his historical work as a resident teacher in a university. Before Stubbs was a Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford (1866-84) it could justifiably be asserted that in England that ablest works in history ‘proceeded from University men indeed, but not, as a rule, from those who were resident, but from the Cabinet Minister, the banker or the county clergyman'. After Stubbs remarkably productive professorship, such a statement would have been out of date. He was academical also I the further sense that his great influence upon historical scholarship in England was mainly exerted in and through the universities...

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