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- Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
- Format: Paperback | 188 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 214mm x 20mm | 240g
- Publication date: 4 March 2004
- Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
- ISBN 10: 140390698X
- ISBN 13: 9781403906984
- Edition: 2, New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 954,994
In this text, J.H. Plumb investigates the way that humankind has, since the beginning of recorded time, moulded the past to give sanction to their institutions of government, their social structure and morality. The past has also been called upon to explain the nature of our destiny in order both to strengthen the objectives of society and to reconcile us to our lot. In this book, which now contains a new introduction by Niall Ferguson and a new foreword by Simon Schama, J.H. Plumb questions this sanction of the past, the force that it has on our sense of destiny and its relevance to our own times.
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J. H. Plumb is Professor Emeritus, Christ's College, Cambridge. Niall Ferguson is Professor of Political and Financial History, Jesus College, Oxford. Simon Schama is Professor of History, Columbia University, New York.
"Elegant and erudite."--"Economist" "Seldom has he been so apt and subtle."--"Financial Times"