War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace Epilogue, Part 2, Chapter 11 Summary
- Now, to connect this back to history. If history is written with the idea that all men are totally free to act however they want, then this is just as ludicrous as a book about astronomy that doesn’t mention gravity or orbits, or any of the other laws of physics governing objects in space.
- But if history starts to deal with how limited human action actually is, then we’re going to get a science of history – a science that looks for laws that govern human behavior (not causes, but laws).