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The lessons of history

Author: Will Durant; Ariel Durant; Rouben Mamoulian Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, [1968]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Includes material on the influence of biology, race, character, morals, religion, economics, socialism, government, and war on history.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Durant, Will, 1885-1981.
Lessons of history.
New York, Simon and Schuster [1968]
(OCoLC)558102350
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Will Durant; Ariel Durant; Rouben Mamoulian Collection (Library of Congress)
ISBN: 0671413333 9780671413330 1567310249 9781567310245 9781439149959 143914995X
OCLC Number: 336824
Description: 117 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Hesitations --
History and the earth --
Biology and history --
Race and history --
Character and history --
Morals and history --
Religion and history --
Economics and history --
Socialism and history --
Government and history --
History and war --
Growth and decay --
Is progress real?
Responsibility: by Will and Ariel Durant.

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Includes material on the influence of biology, race, character, morals, religion, economics, socialism, government, and war on history.

In this illuminating and thoughtful book, Will and Ariel Durant have succeeded in distilling for the reader the accumulated store of knowledge and experience from their four decades of work on the ten monumental volumes of The Story of Civilization. The result is a survey of human history, full of dazzling insights into the nature of human experience, the evolution of civilization, the culture of man. With the completion of their life's work they look back and ask what history has to say about the nature, the conduct and the prospects of man, seeking in the great lives, the great ideas, the great events of the past for the meaning of man's long journey through war, conquest and creation -- and for the great themes that can help us to understand our own era. To the Durants, history is "not merely a warning reminder of man's follies and crimes, but also an encouraging remembrance of generative souls ... a spacious country of the mind, wherein a thousand saints, statesmen, inventors, scientists, poets, artists, musicians, lovers, and philosophers still live and speak, teach and carve and sing ..." Designed to accompany the ten-volume set of The Story of Civilization, The Lessons of History is, in its own right, a profound and original work of history and philosophy.

Surveys the history of human culture and civilization, identifying key themes from throughout five thousand years, with discussion of race, character, morals, religion, economics, government, war, and other topics, and addressing the question of whether progress is real.

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