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The Lessons of History Paperback – February 16, 2010
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This series of 13 essays on the themes and underlying lessons of history was originally written as part of the authors' 11-volume The Story of Civilization (1935-75). The Durants begin by summarizing periods and trends in history. They examine morals and draw conclusions by looking into changes in economics, politics, military customs, and even geographic location. Russ Holcomb reads these essays in a clear, pleasant voice, bringing life and interest to this brief overview of 5000 years of history. For general collections.
Miriam Kahn, Columbus, Ohio
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The Durants' masterpiece belongs in any home library and occupies a shelf in many."
--Dana D. Kelley, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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This particular book, the Lessons of History, is a response to a series of questions dealing with the kinds of factors that influenced history, such as the environment, race and economics.
This book should be required reading for everyone. Its insight into what history tells us about a variety of subjects is eye opening. My favorite chapter is "Biology and History." In this chapter the authors state that "freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies" and that inequality will grow with complexity. Considering this book was published in 1968, does this observation not stand the test of time?
The book is filled with other insightful nuggets and should be read slowing and with a highlighter.
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If you read this some time ago, take it out and read it again.