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Head of Zeus
Cultural Dementia
22 Feb 2018 * EBOOK * £5.99 * 9781788540032

A blistering assessment of the West's abandonment of history as it succumbs to an attack of social and cultural dementia, by leading historian David Andress.

Non Fiction / JF (Current Affairs)
Extent: 176 pages
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Cultural Dementia: How the West has Lost its History, and Risks Losing Everything Elseby David Andress

In this blistering book, David Andress shows how the West has abandoned its history and lost its memory.

The former great powers of the historic 'West' have abandoned themselves to senile daydreams of recovered youth. They have stirred up old hatreds given disturbing voice to destructive rage, and risked the collapse of their capacity for decisive, effective and just government.

At the core of this is an abandonment of political attention to history, understood as a clear empirical grounding in how we reached our present condition. In Britain, France and the USA, historical stories are deployed in public debate as little more than dangerous fantasies.

David Andress is Professor of Modern History at the University of Portsmouth, and one of Britain's finest interpreters of the 18th and 19th centuries. His books include The French Revolution and the People (2004), The Terror (2005) and 1789 (2008). For Head of Zeus he has written a sharp polemic, Cultural Dementia: How the West Has Lost Its History and Risks Losing Everything Else – a book that analyses the rise of the National Front in France, Trump in the USA and the right-wing nationalists at the core of the Brexit project.

David Andress, one of the world's leading historians of the age of revolutions, shows how the West has lost its bearings and its memory.

Trump, Brexit and the New Populist Nationalism are based on a denial and distortion of history.

MARKET: Tony Judt, Ill Fares the Land; Timothy Garton-Ash, Facts are Subversive; Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny; Philip Bobbit, The Shield of Achilles.


'To understand our current political situation [...] this book is to be recommended as a handy primer - particularly on France's postwar political travails' Spectator

'A stimulating look at the way in which history shapes events' History Revealed

'[Andress] repudiates a collective failure to come to terms with the collapse of a historical bubble, when racist empire underwrote domestic achievement and granted international prestige' Guardian

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