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THE

PRESBYTERIAN

QUARTERLY REVIEW.

VOL. III.

BENJ. J. WALLACE, EDITOR,

ALBERT BARNES, THOS. BRAINERD, JOHN JENKINS, JOEL PARKER,

ASSOCIATE EDITORS.

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PROFESSORS IN THE NEW YORK UNION, AUBURN AND LANE

THEOLOGICAL SEMINARIES.

NEC CONSUMEBATUR.

PHILADELPHIA:
PRESBYTERIAN PUBLICATION HOUSE,

No. 386 CHESTNUT STREET,

NEW YORK: M. W. DODD.

1855.

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Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1852, by

BENJ. J. WALLACE,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

ISAAC ASHMEAD, PRINTER.

THE

PRESBYTERIAN

QUARTERLY REVIEW.

JUNE, 1854.

No. IX.

ARTICLE I.

THE PROBLEM OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY.

The subject of this Essay, the Problem of the Philosophy of human History, and the conditions of its right solution, cannot, perhaps, be more appropriately introduced, than by recalling one of the most significant legends of mediæval Europe, as illustrated in one of the most vivid creations of the modern school of German art. Kaulbach, in his picture of the Battle of the Huns, brings before our vision a wide plain, strewed with the corpses of Huns and Romans, who had fallen in a sanguinary contest, while the whole upper air is depicted as filled with living combatants, whose mysterious strife is lighted up only by the dim rays of the pale queen of night. The legend runs, that so fierce was the hostility of the Teutonic and the Latin races, that even the bands of death could not restrain their lust for strife. Even the perturbed spirits of the slain, after the sun had set, left their mangled bodies, to prolong the deadly struggle in the open sky above the ensanguined field of Mars. The perpetuity of the feud of these historic races, at this juncture of times, the angle of modern civilization, is bodied forth in the boldness of the legend. But it also seems to inti

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