F. M. Powicke Quotes

Sir Frederick Maurice Powicke (16 June 1879 – 19 May 1963) was an English medieval historian. He was a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, a professor at Belfast and Manchester, and from 1928 until his retirement Regius Professor at Oxford. He was knighted in 1946.

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F. M. Powicke


History is full of the dead weight of things which have escaped the control of the mind, yet drive man on with a blind force.

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Political and social history are in my view two aspects of the same process. Social life loses half its interest and political movements lose most of their meaning if they are considered separately.

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History is not a pattern-book of fossilized ideologies.

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Problems cannot all be solved, for, as they are solved, new aspects are continually revealed: the historian opens the way, he does not close it.

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