'The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences'
Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95, 352 pp.
Nature vs. nurture, evolution vs. revolution, universalism vs. particularism: the tug-and-pull of such polarities forms an enduring reality of public discourse. Over time the interpretative pendulum swings back and forth, so that yesterday’s winning argument finds itself contested anew today.
Historian David Cannadine’s stimulating and instructive book attests to the workings of this remorseless process. ...
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