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 KnowledgeA Reader
draws together Lukacs’s scattered and diverse writings on history. The volume serves 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.
What They're Saying...
"Remembered Past is a monumental book, and a monumental tribute to a great historian of our age or of any age."
— Council on National Literatures
"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: John Lukacs on History, Historians, and Historical KnowledgeA Reader is an indispensable volume for the student of John Lukacs's thoughtand, more broadly, for any student of history. These collected essays and reviews are as relevant today as they were when first publishedindeed, 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, Executive Editor, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture
“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
"The prolific Lukacs will probably be remembered as a critic of historical method as well as a historian of World War II and the Cold War, and this collection of various essays, reviews, and book chapters is indispensable to anyone wanting a strong and well-supported opinion on significant controversy in the field."
— Library Journal
"ISI Books has done the world of humane letters an invaluable service in publishing this amazingly rich selection from the writings of John Lukacs—certainly one of the most eloquent and thoughtful historians of the last one hundred years."