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Joseph Priestley: a new chart of history in colour Joseph Priestley's New Chart of History, published in 1769

"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.."

Erich Auerbach, Philologie und Weltliteratur