John Lukacs: Historical Consciousness

The Remembered Past

With a new introduction by the author and a foreword by Russell Kirk

Transaction, 1994 (1968)

Back Cover:

One of the most important developments of Western civilization has been the growth of historical consciousness. Consciously or not, history has become a form of thought applied to every facet of human experience; every field of human action can be studied, described, or understood through its history. In this extraordinary analysis of the meaning of the remembered past, John Lukacs discusses the evolution of historical consciousness since its first emergence about three centuries ago.

Among the diverse subjects he examines are the endurance of national characteristics, the development of language, history, and physics, motives and causes, and the end of the Modern Age. In a new introduction, Lukacs comments on the continual decline of historical knowledge and the teaching of history. But he also sees positive signs: a renewed appreciation of narrative history among some historians, and an interest in all kinds of reconstructions of history among the public.

Jacques Barzun has said of Historical Consciousness, “Every page records searching thought and calls for corresponding reflection, yet affords at the same time the thrills of suspense and recognition, quite as if it were one of the usual facile and ‘timely’ improvisations.” John Lukacs’s book continues to be a significant contribution to the history of ideas, and will be of significance to political theorists, philosophers, and historians alike.

“Lukacs has given us an important and transforming book which deserves the widest possible readership.”  Stephen J. Tonsor, The University Bookman

About the Author:

John Lukacs has taught history at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Chestnut Hill College, ad La Salle College, among other schools. His numerous publications include The Last European War, 1929-1941, The Duel, and Confessions of an Original Sinner.

1 Response to “John Lukacs: Historical Consciousness”

  1. 1 bhavasindhu February 13, 2012 at 5:04 am

    This appears very much worth reading. Thanks for sharing!

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