The Future of the European Past

The Future of the European Past

by Hilton Kramer
     
 

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It is no longer news that the history of the European past and its role in shaping American cultural life is under severe attack. In virtually every university that offers a liberal arts curriculum, in every arts institution that deals with European classics, in the offices of every publication that engages in intellectual pursuits, the discussion of the past has…  See more details below

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It is no longer news that the history of the European past and its role in shaping American cultural life is under severe attack. In virtually every university that offers a liberal arts curriculum, in every arts institution that deals with European classics, in the offices of every publication that engages in intellectual pursuits, the discussion of the past has become the principal battleground for mapping out the future of our culture. In this provocative and insightful collection of essays first published in The New Criterion, ten distinguished critics reflect on the fate of Europe’s cultural and political legacy as we approach the turn of the century. On subjects ranging from the collapse of communism and its implications for European society, to the study of the classics, to the prospects for serious music and art, these essays offer analyses marked by wit, independence, and commanding intelligence. The contributors include David Pryce-Jones, Anne Applebaum, Roger Scruton, John Gross, Ferdinand Mount, John Herington, Keith Windschuttle, Mark Steyn, Hilton Kramer, and Roger Kimball. The Future of the European Past is a major contribution to the debate over some of the most pressing cultural issues of our time.

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Editorial Reviews

The Wall Street Journal
Cogent and convincing...an articulate and thought-provoking collection.
— Norman Davies
American Outlook - Bruce Alan Johnson
The Future of the European Past offers acute insight into the modern decay of the empires of the mind that have for centuries defined Europe.
Times Literary Supplement - George Walden
Powerful...Hilton and Kramer take their axes to the roots of the problem. A counterblast to the attacks on the moral and cultural achievements of European civilization.
The Washington Times - Colin Walters
The strength of this book is its usefulness in helping a reader discriminate within a large and unquestionably problematic, but also mixed, field of cultural, political, literary, and artistic situations.
The Wall Street Journal - Norman Davies
Cogent and convincing...an articulate and thought-provoking collection.
Times Literary Supplement
Powerful...Hilton and Kramer take their axes to the roots of the problem. A counterblast to the attacks on the moral and cultural achievements of European civilization.
— George Walden
The Washington Times
The strength of this book is its usefulness in helping a reader discriminate within a large and unquestionably problematic, but also mixed, field of cultural, political, literary, and artistic situations.
— Colin Walters
Wall Street Journal
Cogent and convincing...an articulate and thought-provoking collection.
— Norman Davies
Norman Davies
Cogent and convincing...an articulate and thought-provoking collection.
Wall Street Journal
Colin Walters
The strength of this book is its usefulness in helping a reader discriminate within a large and unquestionably problematic, but also mixed, field of cultural, political, literary, and artistic situations.
Washington Times
Walden
Powerful...Hilton and Kramer take their axes to the roots of the problem. A counterblast to the attacks on the moral and cultural achievements of European civilization.
Times Literary Supplement
Johnson
The Future of the European Past offers acute insight into the modern decay of the empires of the mind that have for centuries defined Europe.
American Outlook
Booknews
Countering philosophical relativism and multicultural pluralism, Kramer and Kimball (editors,"The New Criterion") and eight other essayists excoriate "The Postmodern Assault" on the non-political correctness of the US's European moral and cultural legacy. Their consensus view is exemplified by a contributor's book title: "The Killing of History: How Literary Critics and Social Theorists Are Murdering Our Past" (Windschuttle). Under the banner of Edmund Burke's French Revolution period admonition against the unchecked "anarchy of moral weightlessness," they decry American pop culture's destructive inroads at home and abroad, the homogenization of Europe, and deconstructionist undercutting of traditional values. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566631785
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Pages:
251
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Hilton Kramer is editor of The New Criterion and author, most recently, of The Twilight of the Intellectuals. Roger Kimball is managing editor of The New Criterion and author of The Long March, Experiments Against Reality, and Tenured Radicals. Together Messrs. Kramer and Kimball have also edited Against the Grain, The Future of the European Past, and The Betrayal of Liberalism.

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