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The Future of History Review õ 102 ↠ ❆ [KINDLE] ✿ The Future of History By John Lukacs ➟ – 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 of History Lukacs reflects on h ForNted 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. John Lukacs has written a challenging and enlightening book that examines the role of history in our thinking culture and subconscious I find this one of the most interesting books I've ever had the opportunity of reading It is really an examination of how we as individuals like to think about our world and what we believe it to be A sense of the past and some kind of interest in it will always exist Professor Lukacs' book looks at the role that history and historians play in how our societies come to regard themselves What I find most compelling is The Future of History is also a study of leadership and how leaders use ideas about the past in order to create the present and a perception of the future where they want to go This is a book worth reading especially in the light of what is going on in our world today and the spinning of facts to arrive at political truths

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Ithin 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

Summary The Future of History

The Future of HistoryFor 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. This book was at times exceedingly dry and at other times deeply stimulating Just the musings at age 87 of a professional historian on what history is was and shall be It gets into all sorts of subtle distinctions that evaded me I must admit historianship historicity historiography This is the philosophy of history There are some interesting discussions on historical fiction poetry the novel and how history compares and contrasts with these forms He discusses the future of books and reading and the impact of technology on history We even delve into uantum physics with the idea of the act of observing and witnessing a event and how this act changes the event Just lots of deep thoughts that need to be read slowly and ruminated The author is a veritable Renaissance man with humorous wit even though he depracatingly dismisses his inadeuate knowledge of Greek and Latin He's one of those profs whom you'd never forget; probably get a C too but you'd learn