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Folklore as an Historical Science

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Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 112,094 / 345 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 44.8
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 3,046
Added to site: 2007.06.19
mnybks.net#: 17354
Genre: History
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FOLKLORE AS AN HISTORICAL SCIENCE

CHAPTER I

HISTORY AND FOLKLORE

It may be stated as a general rule that history and folklore are not considered as complementary studies. Historians deny the validity of folklore as evidence of history, and folklorists ignore the essence of history which exists in folklore. Of late years it is true that Dr. Frazer, Prof. Ridgeway, Mr. Warde Fowler, Miss Harrison, Mr. Lang, and others have broken through this antagonism and shown that the two studies stand together; but this is only in certain special directions, and no movement is apparent that the brilliant results of special inquiries are to bring about a general consideration of the mutual help which the two studies afford, if in their respective spheres the evidence is treated with caution and knowledge, an

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