Joseph Priestley's New Chart of History, published in 1769 as an attachment to his Lectures on History and General Policy, expresses his conviction that all events in world history are mutually related and deserve our intellectual attention. Priestley was a clergyman and scientist, an educator and political theorist. He discovered oxygen, and was an early student of electricity. His support of liberty and freedom of expression in the first years of the French Revolution caused his house and library to be ransacked in 1791 and his flight to the United States. We hope Priestley's intelligence and deals are matched in the endeavours of The Literary Encyclopedia.
"The inner history of the last thousand years is the history of mankind achieving self-expression: this is what philology, a historicist discipline, treats. This history contains the records of man's mighty, adventurous advance to a consciousness of his human condition and to the realization of his given potential.... An inner dream unfolds whose scope and depth entirely animate the spectator, enabling him at the same time to find peace in his given potential by the enrichment he gains from having witnessed the drama.."