Thomas Carlyle
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"Thomas Carlyle" was a Scottish people/Scottish philosopher, satire/satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher."Thomas Carlyle" (bio), Dumfries-and-Galloway, 2008, webpage:



Considered one of the most important social commentators of his time, he presented many lectures during his lifetime with certain acclaim in the Victorian era. One of those conferences resulted in his famous work On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History where he explains that the key role in history lies in the actions of the "Great Man", claiming that "History is nothing but the biography of the Great Man".

He was a very respected historian and his book The French Revolution: A History remains popular nowadays and it was the inspiration for Charles Dickens/Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Carlyle's Sartor Resartus is considered one of the finest works of the 19th century.

A great polemicist, he called economics "the dismal science", wrote articles for the Edinburgh Encyclopedia and his Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question remains controversial.

"Thomas Carlyle" (bio), Dumfries-and-Galloway, 2008, webpage:


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