Tryon, North Carolina: 1948.
Important T.L.S., 4to. 1 page, Tryon, North Carolina, February 16, 1948, just months before his death, disagreeing with a colleague's dissertation, in part: "...Cycles belong to geometry and physics, not to historical knowledge and historical thinking. It has been introduced from physics, not to historical studies, but it does not correspond to the data of history. Your idea that in going forward we go back strikes me as utterly inapplicable to the facts of recorded history known to us from documents and memorials -- our only source of knowledge about them. In my opinion efforts to give any kind of "sense" or any general "sense" to universal history are futile. I doubt whether omniscience could do the job..." *Beard's statement is quite astounding considering the fact that he was a staunch supporter of George Santayana's view that "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it". Fine condition.
One of the most influential American historians of the first half of the 20th century.
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