Past and Present

To Learn from History


What history teaches us: writers and theorists on the lessons of the past

This book is not yet published, but will be available from August 2022.

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How can our understanding of the past help to solve our present political or economic conditions and conflicts? Edited by Swedish author Kurt Almqvist and historian Mattias HessĂ©rus, the essays in this volume range from discussions of the history of ideas and ideologies to evolutionary psychology, as writers configure new ways in which to apply history to today’s concerns such as international relations, geopolitics, economics and the role of the individual-as well as human nature at large-throughout history. The essays in this anthology derive from the Engelsberg Seminar held in Västmanland, Sweden, in 2019.

Authors include: Erica Benner, John Bew, Phillip Bobbitt, Vernon Bogdanor, Michael Burleigh, Cory J. Clark, Christopher Coker, Jonathan Fenby, Niall Ferguson, Janne Haaland Matlary, Josef Joffe, Rob Johnson, Elisabeth Kendall, Iain Martin, Rana Mitter, Andrew Monaghan, Fraser Nelson, Gudrun Persson, Peter Ricketts and Brendan Simms.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 17.5 x 24.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 23 August 2022
Number of pages 376
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Erica Benner, John Bew, and Rana Mitter
Dimensions 17.5 x 24.6 cm
Weight 300 g


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