John Lukacs

Hungarian-born historian John Lukacs (1924-2019) taught history at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia before retiring in 1994; he also served as a visiting professor at several universities, among them Columbia, Tufts, and Johns Hopkins. Lukacs was an historian of Europe during the twentieth century, focusing on WWII, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, and the future of democracy. His published works, more than thirty in number, include: The End of the Twentieth Century and the End of the Modern Age (Ticknor & Fields, 1993); Five Days in London, May 1940 (Yale, 1999); The Hitler of History (A. A. Knopf, 1997); and Democracy and Populism: Fear & Hatred (Yale University Press, 2005). Some excerpts from Democracy and Populism can be found here.

The following is a list of articles by way of introduction to Lukacs's work:

Decline and Fall

John Lukacs and the Idea of History

A Conversation with John Lukacs

Toward a New Kind of History

Returning Humanity to History: The Example of John Lukacs


Volume 75

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Guests on Volume 75: Mark Malvasi, on John Lukacs, the meaning of the modern, and how to think about history; John Lukacs, on the roles of curiosity and language in the vocation of historians; Steve Talbott, on how communications technologies divert language from its richest possibilities; Christian Smith, on the spiritual lives and theological assumptions of American teenagers; Eugene Peterson, on the essential relationship between theology and spirituality, and on the narrative life of congregations; and Rolland Hein, on the life and imagination of George MacDonald.