Undivided Past, The

by David Cannadine

Publisher: Penguin UK

Publication Date: May 28, 2014

ISBN: 9780141036908

Binding: Paperback

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Throughout history, humanity has defined itself by the mutually-exclusive and adversarial identities of nationhood, race or civilization; religion, gender or class. David Cannadine's provocative, masterly book shows why this is at best misleading and often wrong. The Undivided Past argues that these categories of identity are artificial constructs, leading to damaging, often disastrous, over-simplifications of the human condition. Cannadine shows human history - and humanity's current prospects - in a new light, not as endless conflicts or 'clashes of civilizations', but as a more fluid, collaborative process. Our story, he reveals, is as much one of conversation and unity as it is of conflict and division. 'One of our most provocative and profound historians.' Iain Finlayson, The Times 'An impassioned plea for an understanding of the past that finds its focus in conversations and collaborations, rather than in conflict.' Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'An important reminder that human beings around the world not only have much in common but also have improved the conditions of their lives over time. His optimism is both refreshing and necessary.' Alan Wolfe, The New York Times Book Review 'If any current historian might speak truth to power then we should wish it to be David Cannadine.' Dan Jones, The Daily Telegraph