John Lukacs

John Lukacs American historian who has written more than thirty books, including Five Days in London, May 1940 and A New Republic.

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  • George Frost Kennan, R.I.P.

    George Frost Kennan died on March 17 in his home—one year and one month and one day after his 100th birthday. I am now 81 years old. He was the greatest American I have known.

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  • Education, Schooling, Learning
    September 2002

    Education, Schooling, Learning

    I do not like the word education—especially when it is not only confused with but mistaken for learning.

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  • Against the Horticulturalists
    February 2002

    Against the Horticulturalists

    Dwight Macdonald died in December 1982, almost 20 years ago. I went up to New York for his funeral. There were few New York intellectuals, prominent or not, at that gathering—which, properly and decently, had something like a family atmosphere.

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  • July 2001

    To Hell With Culture

    "The corruption of man," Emerson wrote, "is followed by the corruption of language." The reverse is true, and a century later Georges Bernanos had it right: "The worst, the most corrupting lies are problems wrongly stated."

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  • The Two Faces of American Isolationism
    January 2000

    The Two Faces of American Isolationism

    Some of the greatest compositions of the human mind were cast in the form of pamphlets, even when they were thrown at a public for immediate political purposes.

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  • New People, New Century

    One essential difference between the American wars in the two centuries ought to be noted. In the 19th century, the United States won all of its wars alone.

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  • January 1999

    The Reality of Written Words

    In the beginning was the Word. (Not the picture. Or the number.) We are now at the cusp of a movement into a new age when, for large masses of people, verbal images and verbal imagination seem gradually to be replaced by pictorial images and pictorial imagination.

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  • Dwight Macdonald
    November 1998

    Dwight Macdonald

    A Rebel in Defense of Tradition is the title of Michael Wreszin's 1994 biography of Dwight Macdonald (1906- 1982). It is a very good title, by which I mean something more than a "handle"; it is a precise phrase, a summary properly affixed to the memory of an extraordinary man.

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  • The Condottiere
    October 1997

    The Condottiere

    We live in an age when biography flourishes, contrary to earlier expectations. The reason for this is the decline of the novel and the rise of popular interest in all kinds of history, and biography belongs within history.

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  • To Hell With College
    September 1997

    To Hell With College

    I ask my readers not to be shocked by the title of this essay. "To Hell With Culture" was the title of my last essay published in Chronicles, in September 1994. Readers of it saw that I was not an enemy of culture; and now I am not an enemy of higher education.

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  • Freedom of Access
    March 1996

    Freedom of Access

    Though the "opening" of the Russian archives is supposed to be a blessing for historians, there are plenty of reasons for skepticism. To begin with, "open" is an inaccurate term. What is available is selective, for so much remains closed, many papers are suppressed, others are inaccurate, and some are even doctored or otherwise falsified.

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  • To Hell With Culture
    September 1994

    To Hell With Culture

    "The corruption of man," Emerson wrote, "is followed by X the corruption of language." The reverse is true, and a century later Georges Bernanos had it right: "The worst, the most corrupting lies are problems wrongly stated."

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  • April 1994

    Tiger, Tigre: The Perils of Translation

    In November 1875, in a gas-lit flat over a rain-soaked street in Tours, a law student sat together with a young Portuguese widow. They were rifling through her letters. She had been a minor actress in Bordeaux and had played at the Haymarket Theatre and elsewhere.

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  • February 1993

    Cold Comfort

    Ambling through the Museum of the History of the City of Helsinki I find myself in a small projection room where a film about the history of Helsinki during the last 70 years is shown.

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  • Clap & Trap
    December 1992

    Clap & Trap

    I had heard about, but not read, "The End of History?" Francis Fukuyama's star-burst essay published in 1989; but I felt a twinge of sympathy for him as his critics chortled and pointed at history rumbling anew: people dancing atop the Berlin Wall, the Soviet Union falling to pieces, an American Army flying into Arabia.

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  • The Patriotic Impulse
    July 1992

    The Patriotic Impulse

    I must now, in public, repeat what I privately expressed to the directors of the Ingersoll Foundation: my gratitude for their having chosen me as the present recipient of this honorific award.

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  • The Pros and Cons of Immigration: A Debate
    July 1990

    The Pros and Cons of Immigration: A Debate

    A roundtable debate on immigration.

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  • American Manners
    November 1988

    American Manners

    "Nothing, at first sight, seems less important than the external formalities of human behavior," wrote Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America, "yet there is nothing to which men attach more importance.

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  • Letters From Tocqueville
    September 1986

    Letters From Tocqueville

    Alexis de Tocqueville was an immensely prolific writer. His friend Gustave de Beaumont wrote that "for one volume he published he wrote ten; and the notes he cast aside as intended only for himself would have served many writers as text for the printer."

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  • Broken Eggshells & Winged Seeds
    May 1986

    Broken Eggshells & Winged Seeds

    Here is an unAmerican story. A young man writes a successful novel. Thousands of Americans, in the oddest places, esteem it highly. So do the most reputable publishers in New York. When he attempts the sequel of that novel it fails.

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