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Remembered Past

John Lukacs On History Historians & Historical Knowledg

John Lukacs


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John Lukacs was among the most accomplished historians of his generation. In more than thirty books and hundreds of essays, he shed new light on the political, ideological, intellectual, and military struggles of the twentieth century—and on the very nature of history itself.

This volume serves at once as an introduction to essential aspects of Lukacs’s thought and an indispensable compendium of his most enduring pieces.

Remembered Past is the definitive Lukacs collection. When you read it, you will understand why John Lukacs earned acclaim as a “master historian” (Historically Speaking), “one of the outstanding historians of the generation and, indeed, of our time” (Jacques Barzun), the creator of “a body of work unmatched by any American historian of the 20th (let alone 21st) century” (Chronicles), “a marvelously agile writer” (Witold Rybczynski), and a historian unrivaled in his ability to “handle such a variety of problems, persons, and episodes with a touch so personal and an intelligence so profound” (Geoffrey Best).

Praise For Remembered Past: John Lukacs On History Historians & Historical Knowledg

"John Lukacs is an original. His opinions, whether on Winston Churchill, Tom Wolfe, or Alexis de Tocqueville, are stimulating, infuriating, profound, never dull. He is a marvelously agile writer who provides the reader great pleasure while he takes him plumbing for the truth." - Witold Rybczynski, University of Pennsylvania

"John Lukacs, a premier intellectual and a historian of enviable breadth and depth, is as wise, witty, and penetrating as he is sometimes infuriating. With clarity, grace, and power, he illuminates the course of modern history, while he disposes of the cant, fads, and silliness that mark much of today's historical writing."-Eugene D. Genovese, author, Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

"It was about time that a John Lukacs Reader should be brought out, to show the public the range and depth of this great living historian?s contribution to knowledge, his importance as a thinker and attractiveness as a narrator of events. The editors' generous selection of types of work and subjects warrants changing Reader to Treasury."-Jacques Barzun, author, From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present

"Remembered Past is an indispensable volume for the student of John Lukacs's thought ,and more broadly, for any student of history. These collected essays and reviews are as relevant today as they were when first published?indeed, in some cases, even more so. In a field dominated by ideologues who view human beings as simply cogs in the great historical machine, Lukacs restores man to his central place in history and reminds us of the grave moral responsibilities that accompany our free will."-Scott P. Richert, executive editor, Chronicles

"John Lukacs is inimitable; no other elder of our profession can handle such a variety of problems, persons and episodes with a touch so personal and an intelligence so profound."-Geoffrey Best, Fellow of the British Academy

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 9781932236286, 948pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2005

About the Author

John Lukacs Was born in Budapest, in 1924, came to the United States in 1946. Until his retirement, he taught history at Chestnut Hill College near Philadelphia. He also held visiting professorships at Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, and the University of Pennsylvania. A prolific writer, Lukacs's best-known works include The Duel (Yale University Press, 2001), Five Days in London (Yale Nota Bene, 2001), The End of the Twentieth Century and the End of the Modern Age (Ticknor & Fields, 1993), A Thread of Years (Yale University Press, 1999), and Historical Consciousness (Transaction Publishers, 1994).