We & They

David Cannadine's 'The Undivided Past'

'The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences'
David Cannadine
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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About the Author


Francis Oakley has written extensively on medieval and early modern religious and intellectual life. He is president emeritus of both Williams College and the American Council of Learned Societies.