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The diligent observer of the history of mankind will never fail to trace in it the onward march of progress, mightily pressing forward at times, often imperceptibly, yet ever without interruption. History however is not a bare relation of the fate that has befallen empires and cities, nor a nomenclature of battles and dates, or a panegyric of men renowned for their valour in the field or their cunning in the cabinet, for all these are but accidentalities attending the advance of the human race by civilization to liberty and prosperity. A true history of the human race ought to take account of every influence that has been exercised upon it by every circumstance and every event affecting it and those parallel or diverging ought to be weighed in judging rightly of the state of civilization generally or of that of a certain nation at a given time.
Livre de Lyon
Dryden’s influence, dramatical Literature, england literature
English Language and Literature
Riedel, Otto, "Dryden’s influence on the dramatical Literature of England" (2020). Philology. 14.