A.C. Crombie on Historiography

As true today as it was 50 years ago:

But both the scholastic and the humanist reformers applied the same activist formula to history, taking an attitude to the past determined by the needs and aspirations of the present and providing a programme for future action. Such an attitude seems to be a deeply persistent element in modern European historical thinking.

A.C. Crombie, “Historians and the Scientific Revolution,” Endeavour 19(1960), 10.