The concept of historical necessity is the product of rational thought and arrived in Russia by the Western route. The idea of the noble savage, of an inherently good human nature hampered by bad institutions, of the ideal state, of social justice and so forth - none of these originated or blossomed on the banks of the Volga.
By: Joseph Brodsky
The 16th-century theatre witnessed the particularly English manifestation of 'the history play.' There can be no doubt that Shakespeare's presentations of 'Henry V' and 'Richard III' have been incalculably more influential than any more sober historical study.
By: Peter Ackroyd
To his credit, Obama has undertaken a truly ambitious effort to redefine the United States view of the world and to reconnect the United States with the emerging historical context of the twenty-first century. He has done this remarkably well.
Its good to get your hands dirty a bit and to test how you see things at a given point. And its very pleasing after writing something like Atonement or On Chesil Beach, which are historical, to get involved in some plausible re-enactment of the here and now.
By: Ian Mcewan