We are not alone in the universe
For those following along with the Marlborough historiography discussion, this recent article from Slate may be of interest:
Why do popular histories of the War of Independence ignore modern scholarship? To quote from the article:
“none of [these recent popular books on the American Revolution] seriously consider much of the latest research being done by historians across the country—which has a lot of new and relevant things to say. If you bought a popular book on science, one that came with a similar sheen of intellectual prestige, and learned that it essentially ignored years’ worth of scholarship, you’d demand your money back. Why should history be any different?
What all these authors share is an antiquated focus on high politics and military battles, areas that contemporary historical research has basically forsaken as irrelevant to the greater questions the Revolution raises.“‘
The Whig Interpretation of History is alive and well.