I am part way through Exporting Democracy by Bob Rae. The early part is a survey of the British, American and French Revolutions, the abolition of slavery, and the expansion of the European economies into Asia and Africa. He quotes extensively from Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine and he sounds very scholarly.
Then he quotes from some British envoy to China and his footnote says “as quoted in Wikipedia” and I went WHAT?
Don’t get me wrong. I like Wikipedia. I use it often.
I’m just surprised that “a former Rhodes Scholar and leading politician of his generation” (book jacket) would use Wikipedia instead of the original journal where the quotation is supposedly found.