07 April 2013


Max Euwe (1901-1981) was a mathematician and the fifth official World Chess Champion. The beginning of his now classic text, The Development of Chess Style (1968)* has a assertion concerning the nature of history and the centrality of questions of significance that is as terse as any I have seen in the writings of professional historians.
To suppose that the history of any subject should be just a collection of independent facts is a serious misapprehension. They may, it is true, make interesting reading; but they may also have little significance for the subject in question. "Introduction," n.p.

*Originally published in Dutch as Veldheersschap op de Vierenzestig (1966)


troutbirder said...

Interesting and thoughtful posts. Thanks....

Susan Vento said...

Hi James,

I have a quick question regarding your blog. If you could send me an email when you get a chance, I would greatly appreciate it!


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