“Recorded history is like a photograph of an iceberg: it deals with what is visible above the surface. Yet below the surface is the vast mass of the population, surviving sometimes in records when they are born married, accused of crime, or buried, but otherwise leaving no trace.”
- Christopher Hill, The Century of Revolution
Painting of an iceberg by Casper David Friedrich.
“The soverign may be a man or body of men, his right may be derived from remote antiquity or recent conquest; all that matters is that he can protect his subjects and that his authority is generally recognised.”
(Hill’s interpretation of soverign and sogerignty from Hobbes Leviathian)
-Christopher Hill, The Century of Revolution (1961)
“Europe has been threatened with subjugation by barbarians , compared with whom the barbarians who marched under Attila and Albion were enlightened and humane.”
“And, if it be asked what has made us to differ from others, the answer is that we never lost what others are wildly and blindly seeking to regain. It is because we had a preserving revolution in the seventeenth century that we have not had a destroying revolution in the nineteenth. It is because we had freedom in the midst of servitude that we have order in the midst of anarchy. For the authority of law, for the security of property, for the peace of our streets, for the happiness of our houses, our gratitude is due, under Him who raises and pulls down nations at his pleasure, to the Long Parliament, to the Convention, and to William of Orange.”
Macaulay on the reason why the 1848 revolutions failed to germinate in the United Kingdom.
Lord Macaulay, The History of England (1849-61)
“In a word, as he had all the wickedness against which damnation is denounced and for hell-fire is prepared, so he had some virtues which have caused the memory of some men in all ages to be celebrated; and he will be looked upon by posterity as a brave mad man.”
Edward Hyde on Oliver Cromwell (II), The History of the Rebellion
Satirical depiction of Cromwell