The Lessons of History

August 23, 2019 - Comment

A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over

A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.

With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time. Juxtaposing the great lives, ideas, and accomplishments with cycles of war and conquest, the Durants reveal the towering themes of history and give meaning to our own.

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Anonymous says:

The Lessons Still Ring True “The Lessons of History” is a collection of short essays based on Will and Ariel Durant’s acclaimed eleven volume “The Story of Civilization”. It begins with a great disclaimer: “Only a fool would try to compress a hundred centuries into a hundred pages of hazardous conclusions. We proceed.”And they succeed! The book packs a wealth of insights into a hundred pages. The authors discuss, in turn, the forces that have shaped history. The forces considered…

Anonymous says:

A preposterous premise, realise Durant tries to pull lessons from his study of civilisation – covering 100 centuries in 100 pages. The book makes assertions without the detailed history, but the author pulls it off with dense prose and keen insight.A few of the most interesting ideas:- Freedom and equality are diametrically opposed- The disparity of man’s abilities make inequality inevitable in a complex society, only unable men desire equality and able men are better at bending societal rules-…

Anonymous says:

Great short book I have read this book three times and I keep discovering new gems in this collection of essays by the Durants. I recommend this surprisingly short (=concise) work. Here are some of my favorite quotes:- “Democracy is the most difficult of all forms of government, since it requires the widest spread of intelligence, and we forgot to make ourselves intelligent when we made ourselves sovereign.”- “[…] the Church dares not alter the doctrines that reason smiles at, for such changes…

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