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History in the Intertubes

Having engaged in some long-form commenting below, here’s a little short-form blogging on three topics of interest to this blog and its readers: 1) David Lowenthal, author of the terrific The Past is a Foreign Country, thinks we are become more presentist, which is not a good thing. I’m not sure if the “we” Lowenthal has in mind is Americans or people in the twenty-first century (it’s certainly not historians). I’m also honestly not sure whether or not I agree with Lowenthal’s diagnosis of rising presentism (though I’d agree that presentism is generally not a good thing). What d’ya think? Read more