The Death of the Past 2003

The Death of the Past 2003

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In this book, 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. 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. This classic text is now reissued with a new introduction by Niall Ferguson, placing it within a contemporary context, and with a new foreword by the eminent historian Simon Schama, a former student of J.H.Plumb more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 20mm | 240g
  • Palgrave USA
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Gordonsville, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • biography
  • 140390698X
  • 9781403906984
  • 1,399,770

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"Elegant and erudite."--"Economist" "Seldom has he been so apt and subtle."--"Financial Times"show more

About John Harold Plumb

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 more