Heroes of History: A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the Dawn of the Modern Age
Simon and Schuster, 23. 4. 2002 - 351 strán (strany)
In the tradition of his own bestselling masterpieces The Story of Civilization and The Lessons of History, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Will Durant traces the lives and ideas of those who have helped to define civilization, from its dawn to the beginning of the modern world.
Heroes of History is a book of life-enhancing wisdom and optimism, complete with Durant's wit, knowledge, and unique ability to explain events and ideas in simple, exciting terms. It is the lessons of our heritage passed on for the edification and benefit of future generations—a fitting legacy from America's most beloved historian and philosopher.
Will Durant's popularity as America's favorite teacher of history and philosophy remains undiminished by time. His books are accessible to readers of every kind, and his unique ability to compress complicated ideas and events into a few pages without ever "talking down" to the reader, enhanced by his memorable wit and a razor-sharp judgment about men and their motives, made all of his books huge bestsellers. Heroes of History carries on this tradition of making scholarship and philosophy understandable to the general reader, and making them good reading, as well.
At the dawn of a new millennium and the beginning of a new century, nothing could be more appropriate than this brilliant book that examines the meaning of human civilization and history and draws from the experience of the past the lessons we need to know to put the future into context and live in confidence, rather than fear and ignorance.
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... philosophy has now fallen forfeit to history,” Durant held that the best preparation for understanding the problems of the present is to study the past—for it is there where you will discover what the nature of humankind truly is.
In those 975,000 years his basic nature was formed and remains to challenge civilization every day. In that hunting stage man was eagerly and greedily acquisitive, because he had to be. His food supply was uncertain, and when he caught ...
But now, too, began the profound and continuing conflict between nature and civilization—between the individualistic instincts so deeply rooted in the long hunting stage of human history, and the social instincts more weakly developed ...
How did civilization grow despite the inherent hunting nature of the male? It did not aim to stifle that nature; it recognized that no economic system can long maintain itself without appealing to acquisitive instincts and eliciting ...
... labor which held it together on the farm; by the individualism that scatters jobs and sons; and by the erosion of parental authority through the mental freedom, the utopian aspirations, and the natural rebelliousness of the young.
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LibraryThing ReviewPrehľad pre používateľa - DLMorrese - LibraryThing
Durant's 'heroes' of history are far from perfect. In most cases, their flaws exceed their virtues. But there is no doubt they were all influential. What I find most interesting is that in times of ... Čítať celú recenziu
HEROES OF HISTORY: A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the Dawn of the Modern AgePrehľad pre používateľa - Kirkus
The result of an unfinished manuscript discovered 20 years after the author's death, here are 21 chapters of world history, from ancient China to Shakespeare.Durant (1885-1981) was near 90 on ... Čítať celú recenziu
The Human Christ
The Growth of the Church
The Renaissance I Around Leonardo
The Renaissance II Rome
The Renaissance III Venetian Sunset
The Reformation I Wyclif and Erasmus
The Reformation II 151755 Luther and the Communists
The Catholic Reformation 151763
From Plato to Alexander
The Roman Republic
The Roman Revolution
The Roman Empire 27 BCAD 180
Nero and Aurelius
Shakespeare and Bacon
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