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The future of post-human history : a preface to a new theory of universality and relativity

Author: Peter Baofu
Publisher: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Is history really so universalistic (even when similar events happen in different contexts) that, as George Santayana (1905) once famously wrote, " [t]hose who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"? This more universalistic view of history can be contrasted with an opposing view which is more relativistic in orientation, as shown by the equally known remark by Winston Churchill that "[h]istory is
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Baofu
ISBN: 1443837687 9781443837682
OCLC Number: 782108022
Description: xxv, 591 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: by Peter Baofu.

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