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Remembered Past: John Lukacs On History Historians & Historical Knowledg [Paperback]

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Among the most accomplished historians of his generation, John Lukacs has written more than twenty books and hundreds of essays and reviews. His scholarship encompasses the history of the modern age, focusing especially on the political, ideological, intellectual, and military struggles of the twentieth century. Integral to that project has been Lukacs's effort to clarify and interpret the evolution of thought and consciousness during the approximately 500 years that constitute "modern" history. As the modern age passes, as the institutions, ideas, values, and experiences that composed the life of the era recede and disappear, Lukacs has assumed the responsibility to "think about thinking." And for Lukacs, no aspect of thought is more important to understanding the modern age than the emergence of historical consciousness. Remembered Past: John Lukacs on History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge: A Reader draws together Lukacs's scattered and diverse writings on history. The volume serves at once as an introduction to this essential aspect of Lukacs's thought and an indispensable compendium of his most important writings on the subject. In the essays, reviews, commentaries, and book chapters collected in Remembered Past, Lukacs addresses the problem of historical knowledge, evaluates the contributions of historians and writers who have used, and often abused, history, and examines the significance of place in developing a sense of the past. He concludes with a consideration of the twentieth century and the task of reading, writing, and teaching history. Significantly, this authorized "reader" also includes a complete bibliography of Lukacs?s writings through 2003.

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Pages   922
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   2.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2005
Publisher   Intercollegiate Studies Institute
ISBN  1932236287  
ISBN13  9781932236286  

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More About Mark G. Malvasi, Jeffrey O. Nelson & John Lukacs

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Lukacs was professor of history at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, until his recent retirement and has been visiting professor at many universities. He is the author of twenty-one books, among them The Hitler of History, The Duel, The End of the Twentieth Century and The End of the Modern Age (which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and the most recent, A Thread of Years, also published by Yale University Press. He is the recipient of numerous academic honors and awards.

John Lukacs currently resides in Chester County, in the state of Pennsylvania. John Lukacs was born in 1924.

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The best of John Lukacs, and that's saying a lot  Nov 5, 2006
For those of us who have discovered John Lukacs and his wise, witty way of uncovering the past to make sense of the present, this is a "must have" book. His observations cut through the Left-Right rethoric and shows the common mistaken assumtions they both share. For example, he decries the puerilization of American life and politics of the sixties. But after agreeing with the Right in that, he goes on to say that this puerilization began in the fifties, under Eisenhower, an icon of the Right (Lukacs does not think much of him...). He decries anti-communism in that, becoming a reflex, it replaced a sober assessment of the peril and, also the limit of the peril, that the USSr represented, depriving us of an intelligent Foreign Policy - see his comments on Churchill's second premiership and how his efforts were torpedoed by Eisenhower, which meant a hardening of the USSR's position (Churchill, unlike those who shrilly saw the specter of Communism coming to engulf them, predicted the collapse of the USSR in the lifetime of one of his aides, which, by calculating a normal lifespan for the man, meant the eighties. Right on schedule).

Lukacs can be called a Hitler/Churchill specialist, and he can mine a lot of useful lessons out of these chaotic years. He also decries the attempts to make history a science, with a deterministic bent, a belief that he illustrates with enough examples to show you what is at stake - the belief in Free Will, no less (Lukacs is a Catholic - see his review of Hochhuts' "The Vicar" from a Catholic perspective, that only someone who expects great things from the Catholic Church can decry its actions in World War II, and that in the end Pius XII did not have enough faith in his Faith or in his mission).

You get descriptions of Buddapest at the turn of the century, and of Philadelphia (he remembers the once famous Philadelphia essayist Anges Repplier and I hope that this helps brings her back in print). You get reviews of histories and historians, some of which he approves and some not (He does not think much of Hannah Arendt and tells you why, and he admires Simone Weil unreservedly).

I could go on forever, but the gist is, buy it, it is the best use you could make of your $18.00

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