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The Future of History review Ð eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ ❆ [KINDLE] ✿ The Future of History By John Lukacs ➟ – Horticulturetrader.co.uk For than sixty years John Lukacs has been writing teaching and reading about the past In this inspired volume he turns his attention to the future Throughout The Future ofFor than sixty years John Lukacs has been writing teaching and reading about the past In this inspired volume he turns his attention to the future Throughout The Future of History Lukacs reflects on his discipline elouently arguing that the writing and teaching of history are literary rather than scientific comprising knowledge that is neither wholly objective nor subjective History at its best he contends is personal and participatory Despite a recently unprecede. A maverick but respected historian John Lukacs had a lot to say about his own profession and in the sunset of his life he gathered together his thoughts on the subject in this small but far from easy book His theme is the role of history and the historian at the end of a historical era the Modern Age Lukacs believed that modern Western civilization was something ualitatively different from its presumed forebears the Classical Age of Greece and Rome and the so called Middle Ages and that it lasted from roughly the late Renaissance to the end of the ‘short’ twentieth century which his colleague Eric Hobsbawm defined as having ended in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union Lukacs foresaw a period of decline and decay commencing in the twenty first century – though not necessarily a reversion to ‘barbarism’ as popularly defined because he thought technology would sustain itself even as civilization declined and fell So far events appear to be proving him rightThis is a book of concentrated wisdom gnomic and highly uotable It is often eye opening as when for example Lukacs writes thatFlaubert’s Sentimental Education is historical than its near contemporary War and Peace Flaubert’s portrait of 1848 is historically speaking complex and meaningful than Tolstoy’s of 1812 because Flaubert describes how people thought and felt at that time; his novel abounds with descriptions of changing sensitivities of mutations of opinions and transformations of attitudes As the above suggests much of The Future of History is concerned with the relationship of history to literature Lukacs insists that historians should be readers first writers second and historians in a professional sense third He uotes with approval Jacob Burckhardt’s advice to students of history bisogna saper leggere – ‘you must learn how to read’ This championship of non professional historical scholarship and authorship runs right through the book from his praise for de Toueville to his contempt for the professional historians who failed to discern or describe the rise of American conservatism in the late twentieth century Since I am a writer of historical articles and books but no historian it gives me great pleasure to read that ‘in the twenty first century the best the greatest writers of history may not be certified professionals but erudite and imaginative “amateurs”’This is in keeping with Lukacs’s view that history is a literary genre and a creative endeavour rather than a strictly empirical pursuit Yet he is insistent that a historian’s task is above all to search for truth and he champions diligent research using original sources as much as possible He is refreshingly sceptical that such a thing as ‘scientific’ history can exist and contemptuous of what he calls ‘historical fads’ such as social psychological or feminist history which he regards as inevitably prejudiced and bound therefore to produce false results The Future of History is a book best taken in small doses one or two pages at a time Read it with a pencil in hand and mark the bits you find uotable or interesting because you are sure to want to return to them later even perhaps especially if you disagree with them
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Nted appetite for The Future eBook #208 history among the general public as evidenced by history television programme ratings sales of popular history books and increased participation in local historical societies Lukacs believes that the historical profession is in a state of disarray He traces a decline in history teaching throughout higher education matched by a corresponding reduction in the number of history students He reviews a series of short lived fads w.
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The Future of HistoryIthin the profession that have weakened the fundamentals of the field In looking for a way forward Lukacs explores the critical relationships between history and literature including ways in which novelists have contributed to historical understanding Through this startling and enlightening work readers will understand Lukacs' assertion that everything has its history including history and that history itself has a future since everything we know comes from the pa. The writing of history should be a form of literature and efforts to cast it as a social science have led nowhere useful argues the veteran Hungarian American historian in this short book on his craft He seems confident that the tide has turned against especially Marxist theoretical approaches to the discipline and is happy to report that public interest in the past is now greater than ever before Internet searches on genealogy now rank second only to pornography searches he says Nonetheless he worries that “pictorial” media TV movies youtube are fogging the mind Erudite and grumpy by turns it is a stimulating if not always convincing read with some interesting reflections on the history of historiography