HAND OF HISTORY: An Anthology of History Quotations

HAND OF HISTORY: An Anthology of History Quotations

EDITED BY MICHAEL LEVENTHAL    Book Number: 86877    Product format: Hardback

George Orwell said "History is written by the winners." Henry Kissinger "As a professor, I tended to think of history as run by impersonal forces. But when you see it in practice, you see the difference personalities make." And Tony Judt "History is a story, a story needs a narrator and a narrator needs to be standing somewhere, a view from nowhere does not work." More than 100 renowned historians from around the world have contributed to this anthology and the list is a remarkable roll-call of some of the most respected writers ever. Each was asked to provide a short commentary explaining their choice and their inciteful responses are remarkably diverse about the value of historical precedents, the role of the individual in the writing of history and the importance of ordinary life in grand narratives. Correlli Barnett considers the conversation which took place on horseback in the midst of the Battle of Waterloo between His Grace Field Marshal The Duke of Wellington and his Second In Command, The Earl of Uxbridge, after Uxbridge had been struck by a cannonball. "My Lord, I have lost my leg." Mary Beard considers a Nigerian proverb "Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter." Anthony Beevor on Bismarck's "The only thing we learn from history is that nobody learns from history." The real danger of historical ignorance comes from politicians making false parallels with earlier major events - how relevant now. Juliet Barker, Asa Briggs, Terry Deary, Amanda Foreman, Juliet Gardiner, Martin Gilbert, Charlotte Gray, our dear friend Terry Jones, Dan Snow and Hew Strachan are among the contributors. Artwork by the terrific political cartoonist Chris Riddell. With index of subjects from Lord John Acton 1834-1902 to Geoffrey Willans 1911-58, British schoolmaster and author. 174pp.
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