by Bradley J. Birzer
“In every age, society has been relieved only by the endeavors of a few people moved by the grace of God.”–Russell Kirk, Roots Of American Order (1974)
As I approach my fifteenth year teaching history at Hillsdale, and my seventeenth (or so) year of teaching at the college level over all, I find myself more and more taken with biography and the idea of personality as the fundamental and driving “forces” behind history.
“Oh, he’s just a biographer”
As a graduate student, I found–much to my surprise–that few professional historians viewed biography as anything other than a way of selling out to popular desires and public appetites. [Read more...]