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The Uses Of The Past: Profiles Of Former Societies

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Published by Dissertations-G (first published 1952)
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Mike Hetteix
Jan 15, 2008 Mike Hetteix rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anachronicists
Recommended to Mike by: The Strand Dollar Bin
Found this in the dollar bin at the Strand -- I allways wind up bying a huge stack when I get waylaid there, but this might have been the best of the bunch. Herbert's able to sum up pithily and profoundly the differences civilization and history can have on the soul -- by extrapolation, & reading into the blanks, the intrepid reader can come closer to qualifying what it is that civilzation and history do not change about us, what people like to call human nature. Theres a terrific chapter he ...more
Greyson
A fantastic, though somewhat outdated survey of history written with exactly the sweeping generalizations and uncomfortable certainties one would expect from a mid-twentieth century historian. As a lover of this sort of thing, I couldn't be happier. If you're the type to read poorly bound, thin-margined yellowing history paperbacks produced in a bygone era, you'll be smitten. If you're looking for something more objective, less certain and perhaps more cautious, steer clear.
Jim
Jul 23, 2012 Jim rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in history and the philosophy of it.
Recommended to Jim by: Aaron Snyder, professor of philosophy
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If the philosophy of history [sic] interests you, this book is a must. It easily held my attention. Nonfiction, it won't suit everyone's taste and is always somewhat academic if not always philosophical -- someone not absorbed by history and/or philosophy might find it dry and boring. It's an excellent and important book, however, enlightening and instructive, but only if you can stay with it. You may have to poke around, but it's also available in paperback, and you might be able to get a decen ...more
Harry
An interesting book. It's a bit dated in its perspective (written in the 1950's). I enjoyed the way the author analyzed and contrasted different civilizations and cultures in history. The going wasn't always so easy but the book has something to say even in contemporary times. I learned some new things from this work its reading was worth it.
Aaron
May 09, 2008 Aaron is currently reading it
So far this is an intrguing blend of history and philosophy, and seems like a reaction to Toynbee more than anything else. Will update - got it for a dime at a local library book sale, and the first 80 pages have literally fallen out.
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