The Historian in Two Worlds

The Presidential address of any learned society has a ritual of its own, and any incoming President deliver? ing his address has to follow a fixed pattern. He is expected of course to pay tribute to his predecessor; he usually dwells upon his own lack of any qualifications for the office; and he not infrequently produces a paper which all too often serves only to prove that latter point. I can only hope that I will not conform to that third point of expectation.

Let me begin, however, by paying a tribute to the outgoing President, Raphael Loewe. It is a task which I do joyfully. He himself is a scholar of very high standing indeed, not only in this country but all over the world among other such scholars, and he holds his appointment in an institution of learning well known also over past generations as a centre for

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