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    Gotthard Deutsch
Excerpt from book: "MINIMA CURAT HISTORICUS." SOME time ago a remark was made by a man of considerable authority, disparaging the value of historical details by the illustration that some people are never happy until they have established beyond a doubt what color the stockings were which Rabbenu Tam's grandmother wore on Sabbath-'Hanukkah. Humor is a two-edged sword. It is a good weapon against abuses but it may be wielded with the same effect in the wrong place. In a well-drawn caricature you may recognize the person represented, but this does not make the caricature a portrait. As in a caricature, so there is some truth in a satire, and also in that satire on historical rag- picking. There are certainly a great number of things published which do not contribute in the least to our knowledge of past ages and persons. The publication of an order issued by his excellency the "Geheimer Hofrath von Goethe" to have the shelves in the grand-duke's-library painted brown, does not help us in the least to understand Goethe, his works or his age. This instance, by the way, is chosen from actual occurences. Still, occasional aberrations do not prove the falsity of a principle. There are a great many details of considerable importance in history, and my studies have shown me so many instances that I thought it a profitable lesson to publish some of the most striking illustrations. The Reform Advocate, Dec. 31, 1898 and Feb. 4, 1899. Was St. Just, the Jacobin and friend of Robespierre, in Paris during the night following the second of September, 1792? It seems to be a very trivial question. The fate of Jena or of Waterloo would hardly have been different. The republic would have ended in a military despotism and finally in the restoration of the Bourbons, no matter whether Saint Just was in Pari...  
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  • Gotthard Deutsch
  • General Books LLC
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  • Religion Spirituality
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