Opinion: Who was ‘the man of his time’?

Historian article

By Lorenzo Kamel, published 6th February 2024

In this new, occasional section of The Historian, contributors share their thoughts on matters of public historical debate. We invite our readers to respond, either by writing to the editors at thehistorian@history.org.uk or by writing their own opinion piece. Here, Lorenzo Kamel shares his thoughts on why saying ‘he was a man of his time’ does a disservice to people of the past and oversimplifies the present.

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