By John Lukacs
To review background is to benefit approximately oneself. And to fail to know the significance of the previous 151 to stay blind to the deeds and writing of prior generations 151 is to bind oneself through the passions and prejudices of the age into which one is born. John Lukacs, considered one of this day s most generally released historians, explains what the learn of historical past includes, the way it has been approached over the centuries, and why it may be undertaken by way of at the present time s scholars. This advisor is a call for participation to develop into a grasp of the historian s craft. writer: John LukacsPages: 50, PaperbackPublisher: Christendom PressISBN: 1-882926-42-2
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In poetry—but there is at least a touch of absurdity in it. We are, all, historians by nature while we are scientists only by choice; and history is not A Science. ”) The writing of a first-class history (or biography) is open to anyone who has thoroughly read everything he could find about his topic; who has an ability to express himself clearly; and who is mature enough to understand some things about human nature itself—three general requirements that, then, depend on the very authenticity and quality of his interest.
It deals with the various writings of historians about history itself. Strictly speaking, its contents deal with the varieties of historiography. 41 JohnLukacs Wives’ Tale, or Honoré de Balzac’s Old Goriot, or Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks, or F. ) lived and talked and thought and desired and believed. So does a good biography, of course. But this booklet is A Student’s Guide to the Study of History. So here is a very incomplete and random list of some of the greatest historians whose writings you may find and should eventually read.
It is quite possible—and there is nothing wrong with this— that your interest in history may have been stimulated by a movie or by a television play or by a novel. * One word about the novel may be in order here. The novel is a relatively new form of literature. It appeared in the eighteenth century, together with the evolution of our historical consciousness, and around the same time that professional history was born. ) Novels such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, or William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, or Arnold Bennett’s The Old * The Varieties of History (New York, 1956; revised 1973), edited by Fritz Stern, is another excellent book to have.
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