Why Do Ruling Classes Fear History?: And Other Questions

Why Do Ruling Classes Fear History?: And Other Questions

by Harvey J. Kaye, Daniel Singer
     
 

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In "Why do Ruling Classes Fear History," and Other Questions, Harvey Kaye shows how our present-day political and economic elites stand in a long line of governing classes which have been eager to declare an end to the making of history.

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In "Why do Ruling Classes Fear History," and Other Questions, Harvey Kaye shows how our present-day political and economic elites stand in a long line of governing classes which have been eager to declare an end to the making of history.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This collection of an academic's essays and reviews aims to invigorate America's lagging Left. Kaye warns against what he sees as conservative efforts to create ``a political culture of lowered expectations'' and, in the title essay, argues that history remains ``a process of struggle for freedom and for justice.'' He supports the much-criticized National History Standards as reflecting often-neglected bottom-up history and urges his colleagues to push their students to become publicly engaged as social and political critics. He finds inspiration in the works of Tom Paine, C. Wright Mills and E.P. Thompson and offers sympathetic reviews of works by Russell Jacoby, John Sayles and Benjamin Barber. For all his passion, however, Kaye, who teaches social change and development at the University of Wisconsin, is mainly addressing the converted. (Jan.)
Library Journal
In this collection of articles, lectures, and book reviews, Kaye (Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay) explores the value of knowledge and the power of history to liberate. He warns against the efforts of conservative intellectuals to declare that the struggle for democracy is over and that we are now at "the end of history." Kaye is confident, however, that even in the face of the triumph of capitalism and of a profound crisis on the left, we will yet witness resurgent struggles to create a truly democratic society. He faults his colleagues on the academic left for ignoring the crucial issues of curriculum and pedagogy at a time when public education is under attack from the right. Though he discusses important issues, Kaye's writing is tendentious and rambling. An optional purchase for academic libraries.-Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., CUNY
Booknews
Kaye (social change and development, U. of Wisconsin-Green Bay) calls on intellectuals of the Left to renew the struggle for liberty and equality, in essays originally written as lectures, articles, and reviews. He examines the value of knowledge and the power of history to liberate, and criticizes the efforts on the part of conservatives to promote the view that the struggle for democracy is finished with the end of the Cold War. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312172275
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
07/15/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.82(d)

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