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In the book "The Twenty Years' Crisis" by E. H. Carr, written in 1939, I read

[men] accept the judgment of history on the past.

After checking OED and Merriam-Webster here and here, I still do not understand this "accept ... on ..." structure. The only example that seems similar is in OED:

1876 E. A. Freeman Hist. Norman Conquest II. App. 530 A fact which we may surely accept on the authority of the Biographer.

Could someone please help me out and rephrase the quoted sentence? Thank you.

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They accept the judgment. The judgment is on the past.

We accept the fact on the authority of the biographer.

In neither case is 'on' grammatically linked to 'accept'.

  • Thank you, I accept that as an answer. Could you still please rephrase the sentence? Does history judge the past or the other way around? Or neither? – Darjus Hosszejni Feb 11 at 11:31
  • I don't know the context, but I assume Carr means that people accept history's judgment on the past, that is, the view of past events taken by historians over the years. – Kate Bunting Feb 11 at 17:42

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