Reading for Wednesday, June 17
And here we go into the philosphical appendix. This will either be the straw that broke the camel’s back for some readers – who will be happy to just put the book down at this point – or, if you’re like me, you’ve read this far, and you figure you can cope with 12 more chapters. What’s 12 chapters more, out of 365?
Anyway, the basic gist of this whole section is working out what drives history. And Leo begins by talking about what doesn’t drive it. So he gives the big potted overview of the standard history of 1812 (which, I must admit, still sounds pretty similar to what you’d read about today), before pulling it apart.
His main question is that modern historians have trashed the idea of God running the show, but then they put forward specific individuals as the drivers of history. But what is the power behind those individuals? There are a number of ways you could answer this, and they will all be dealt with in the next chapter . . .