Treating the practice of history not as an isolated pursuit but as an aspect of human society and an essential part of the culture of the West, John Burrow magnificently brings to life and explains the distinctive qualities found in the work of historians from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the present.
With a light step and graceful narrative, he gathers together over 2,500 years of the moments and decisions that have helped create Western identity. This unique approach is an incredible lens with which to view the past. Standing alone in its ambition, scale and fascination, Burrow's history of history is certain to stand the test of time.
About the Author
John Burrow was Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex before becoming Professor of European Thought at Oxford. His earlier books include "Evolution and Society: A" "Study in Victorian Social Theory"; "A Liberal Descent: Victorian Historians and the English Past, "which won the Wolfson Prize for History; "Gibbon; "and "The Crisis of Reason: European Thought, 1848-1914. "He is a Fellow of the British Academy; an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford; and in 2008 will be Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Williams College in Massachusetts.
“Burrow marshals a lifetime of knowledge and guides the reader effortlessly across the ages.”
“A fascinating compendium.”
—The New Yorker
"A triumph. . . . Reminds us of how often the narratives of the great historians resemble works of literature and of how important a secure grasp of historical fact can be to the progress of culture and the fate of nations."
—The Wall Street Journal
“Absorbingly informative. . . . An exemplar of how history should be written. Witty, scholarly and, above all, fair.”
—The Times (London)