The Lessons of History 歷史不斷重複上演的幾個戲碼

Extended read after reading Ray Dalio’s book. Read it while the kids were working hard to achieve their 1000-jumps and numerous flips quota at the trampoline playground.

長篇書籍讀完後,來讀讀這本推薦的書籍。絕不是 “歷史總是重演”的一般論調。五十年前的著作現在反觀,有些模式還真的又出現了。不過,獲得普立茲文學獎的史學家夫婦的觀念,不見得容易接受,同時需要開放的心胸和務實的心態。

中文版 “讀歷史,我可以學會什麼?”

第一章 讀史,是為了採取行動
第二章 地理,是歷史之母
第三章 誰生育率高、誰就寫歷史
第四章 是文明創造種族,而非種族創造文明
第五章 人性改變歷史,歷史並未改變人性
第六章 道德標準在變,歷史總記錄異常
第七章 宗教是史冊裡的不死力量
第八章 經濟,幫我們看清歷史
第九章 社會主義的歷史歸宿
第十章 史證顯示:好政府不民主
第十一章 戰爭是歷史常態,和平不是
第十二章 誰將發展?誰將沉淪?讀史
第十三章 我們,真的有進步嗎?

“History is, above all else, the creation and recording of that heritage; progress is its increasing abundance, preservation, transmission, and use. To those of us who study history not merely as a warning reminder of man’s follies and crimes, but also as an encouraging remembrance of generative souls, the past ceases to be a depressing chamber of horrors; it becomes a celestial city, a spacious country of the mind, wherein a thousand saints, statesmen, inventors, scientists, poets, artists, musicians, lovers, and philosophers still live and speak, teach and carve and sing. The historian will not mourn because he can see no meaning in human existence except that which man puts into it; let it be our pride that we ourselves may put meaning into our lives, and sometimes a significance that transcends death.”