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The 19 century invented history and great historical narratives. In the popular perception of history, most of these narratives still rule.

Voltaire, Montesquieu, Hume and Gibbon might beg to differ and all had viewed the period before the Renaissance as 'The Dark Ages'. Re-appraisal of the middle ages came from Romantic era historians in the 19th century. The rise of nationalism, increased literacy and the broadening of the political base during the 19th Century created a real need for historians to create suitable frameworks for viewing national histories.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu May 16th, 2013 at 04:27:15 PM EST
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