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The Meaning of History by Ronald H. Nash
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Mar 13, 2012

it was ok
Read in May, 2012

This is a descent introduction to a few influential thinkers in the field of philosophy of history. It is helpful in the expositions, as well as some misconceptions, of the thinkers being discussed.

However, somewhere along the line the book stops its expositional task and turns into a polemic, and a rather sloppy one at that. The author seems frustrated with the ideas he handles. It seems to me he rushes in to refute the ideas before even presenting them. A fair representation is lacking. As the reader progresses through the book the Author seems more and more present within the pages in a rather sloppy manner. (I must say that it does not help, nor is it attractive, that half of the references, or so, are references to the author's own books)

Nash gives some really insightful thoughts on secular historiography, and all its inconsistencies and errors, but seems to fall short of a good introduction of the thinkers he represents. For an introductory book, it was too much of a polemic and apologetic than an exposition.

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Dasha harsh.....ouch

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