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" For a bare statement of an occurrence is interesting indeed, but not instructive; but when this is supplemented by statement of cause, the study of history becomes fruitful. For it is by applying analogies to our own circumstances that we get the means... "
The Histories of Polybius - Page 102
by Polybius, Friedrich Otto Hultsch - 1889
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A Textbook of Historiography, 500 B.C. to A.D. 2000

E. Sreedharan - Historiography - 2004 - 570 pages
...elaborates the causal element in history to great lengths. A "bare statement of an occurrence," he says, "is interesting indeed, but not instructive; but when...a statement of cause, the study of history becomes fruitful."3 He distinguishes between the historical causes of wars and their occasions or pretexts....
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