Thinking Through History has posted their response to the #Historiannchallenge. The post recommends a wide variety of books including Balzac's Cousin Bette, Ray Haberski's God and War: American Civil Religion Since 1945, William Cronon's Nature's Metropolis, and Thomas Piketty's Capital.
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The thesis of The Closing of the Western Mind is that prior to Christianity becoming dominant in the Western world, there was a reasonably well-developed system of empirical science, rational philosophy, and religious toleration and pluralism, and that Christianity developed in such a way as to actively suppress that, leading to the Dark Ages where intellectual inquiry and progress largely ceased. 1,625 more words
"When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him"*...
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Genius follows its own law of gravity. It migrates in ever greater numbers to where it thrives. Hence places like Silicon Valley – and attempts to replicate it elsewhere, like London’s Silicon Roundabout.
Intellectual history is an intriguing field because it is by its very nature cross-disciplinary. While these books my be in arguably different fields (History of Sex, History of Religion, Legal History, History of Technology, Political History, etc.) they are all, at their core, deeply concerned with the history of ideas. 309 more words