The full sub-title is as follows: "HOW "NEW HISTORIANS" FALSIFIED AND SUPPRESSED THE TRUTH AT THE BEHEST OF CHURCH INTERESTS." Quoted from the author's "Foreword, " pp. 3-4.Note: see McCabe's "Lies and Fallacies of the Encyclopedia Britannica: How Powerful and Shamelss Forces Castrated a Famous Work of Reference." In addition, we offer the 1911 edition of the "Encyclopedia Britannica in 29 volumes.
"But the student of history puzzled. These books were almost as rich in names and antics of
kings, in battles and intrigues, the old history had been; and they did not conspicuously employ the processes of modern psychology. What was most obviously new in them, when you compared them with 19th century history, was that they suppressed immense mases of facts that were distasteful to the Catholic Welfare bosses at Washington and Boston, and were able to present a version of European history which must have givrn those gentlemen great pleasure.They buried such ancient and rustic bogies as the Fall of Rome, the Barbaric Invasions, the Dark Age, the Dissolute Monks, and the Wicked Popes. They gave us more agreeable features of the "collective mind" in each age and dismissed the collective morals as irrelevant. And the part played by the Church in the development of European civilization was portrayed with a delicacy of feeling that would do credit to a nun speaking on the Catholic Radio.
How, in order to accomplish this, they had not only suppressed historical facts of vital social importance but admitted a large number of Catholic lies about the facts. I propose to show. There are refined non-Catholics who will find the word "lies" distasteful. Naturally, no one accuses an American university-professor of lying. But it is clear that no historian who covers the whole history of the race, or even the history of Europe, can possibly have made a personal study of more than a few stages or phases of it. Over the greater part of his field he must borrow. Now there are more liars in the field of history, wherever it bears upon the social claims of the clergy, even than in politics, and what we complain is that our historians have culpably, on many points, admitted the fabrications and contortions of these writers . Their works do convey to the general reader and the student a good deal of the really new scientific hsitory, but in regard to one of its most important uses, the indication of the genuine constructive factors, they give us a comprehensively false picture. So I here examine their work at 40 vital stages --- as many as my limited space permits --- in the evolution of European civilization."