From Athens to Auschwitz: The Uses of History

From Athens to Auschwitz: The Uses of History

by Christian Meier, Deborah Lucas Schneider
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674016920

ISBN-13: 9780674016927

Pub. Date: 04/30/2005

Publisher: Harvard University Press

What does history mean today? What is its relevance to the modern world? In contemplating fundamental questions about history and the Western legacy, the noted classical historian Christian Meier offers a new interpretation on how we view the world.

Meier sees an "absence" of history in contemporary Europe and throughout the West--an absence he attributes

Overview

What does history mean today? What is its relevance to the modern world? In contemplating fundamental questions about history and the Western legacy, the noted classical historian Christian Meier offers a new interpretation on how we view the world.

Meier sees an "absence" of history in contemporary Europe and throughout the West--an absence he attributes to the way modern historians have written about history and, more important, to the dramatic transformations of the twentieth century. He argues for the central legacy of Western civilization. He tackles the difficulty of reconciling a historical perspective with our era of extreme acceleration, when experience is shaped less by inheritance and legacy than by the novelty of changes wrought by science and globalization. Finally, Meier contemplates the enormity of the Holocaust, which he sees as a test of "understanding" history. If it is part of the whole arc of the Western legacy, how do we fit it with the rest?

This engaging and thought-provoking meditation challenges us to rethink the role of history in Western culture and a changing world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674016927
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.91(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Absence of History
Assessing the Situation: We Are Running Out of Time

2. Around 1500
The "European Miracle" and What Made It Possible

3. Athens and Rome
The Origins of Europe's Special Path

4. Deeds and Contingencies, Politics and Processes
Where History Takes Place and Who Is Responsible for It

5. Auschwitz

6. A Legacy without Heirs?
What Is Our Legacy and What Is It Good For?

Notes

Index

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