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Visions of the future : the distant past, yesterday, today, tomorrow

Author: Robert L Heilbroner
Publisher: New York : New York Public Library : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Heilbroner calls the first view that of the Distant Past - the immense span that begins with the Stone Age, moves through the great early civilizations of the Near East to the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome, and ends only with the advent of modern times in the eighteenth century. Heilbroner makes the bold assertion that through all this vast panorama a single phrase depicts humanity's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert L Heilbroner
ISBN: 0195090748 9780195090741 019510286X 9780195102864
OCLC Number: 30737537
Notes: Based on a series of lectures.
Description: ix, 133 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The Distant Past --
Yesterday --
Today --
Tomorrow.
Responsibility: Robert Heilbroner.
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In this book based on lectures originally delivered at the New York Public Library, Robert Heilbroner puts forth a theory of history stunning in its simplicity and breadth.  Read more...

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`A worldly philosopher's provocative broad-brush perspective on what the morrow could bring.' Kirkus Reviews

 
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