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PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION.

This edition of Taine's History of English Literature has been carefully revised and compared with the original. All the quotations have been collated and verified anew, and no trouble has been spared to make it as accurate as possible.

For the favourable reception this translation has met with from the press and the public, I feel much

indebted.

H. VAN LAUN.

THE ACADEMY,

EDINBURGH.

CONTENTS.

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The state and the actions of the inner and invisible man

have their causes in certain general ways of thought

and feeling

Chief causes of thoughts and feelings. Their historical

effects.

The three primordial forces—

1. Race

11. Surroundings.

III. Epoch
History is a mechanical and psychological problem.

Within certain limits man can foretell
Production of the results of a primordial cause. Common

elements. Composition of groups. Law of mutual

dependence. Law of proportional influences

Law of formation of a group. Examples and indications.

General problem and future of history. Psychological

method. Value of literature. Purpose in writing

this book

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