When the Facts Change

When the Facts Change

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A great thinker's final testament: a characteristically wise and forthright collection of essays from the author of Postwar and Thinking the Twentieth Century, spanning a career of extraordinary intellectual engagement. Edited and introduced by Jennifer Homans. Tony Judta€™s first collection of essays, Reappraisals, was centred on twentieth-century Europe in history and memory. Some of Judta€™s most prominent and indeed controversial essays felt outside of the scope of Reappraisals, most notably his writings on the state of Israel and its relationship to Palestine. There would be time, it was thought, to fit these essays into a larger frame. Sadly, this would not be the case, at least during the authora€™s own life. Now, in When the Facts Change, Tony Judta€™s widow and fellow historian, Jennifer Homans, has found the frame, gathering together important essays from the span of Judta€™s career that chronicle both the evolution of his thought and the remarkable consistency of his passionate engagement and intellectual Aclan. Whether the subject is the scholarly poverty of the new social history, the willful blindness of French collective memory about what happened to the countrya€™s Jews during World War II, or the moral challenge to Israel of the so-called Palestinian problem, the majesty of Tony Judta€™s work lies in his combination of unsparing honesty, intellectual brilliance, and ethical clarity. When the Facts Change exemplifies the utility, indeed the necessity, of minding our history and not letting cheerful fictions suffice in its place. An emphatic demonstration of the power of a great historian to connect us more deeply to the world as it was, as it is, and as it should be, it is a fitting capstone to an extraordinary body of work.Essays 1995 - 2010 Tony Judt ... a€œmore than 200 Palestinians have been killed and more than1, 500 wounded since Israeli tanks and helicopter gunships rolled into theWest Bankon March 29a€? Why ... But since September 11the verywords a€œ terrorisma€ and a€œterrorista€ have silenced rational foreign policy debate. ... The word hasits own history: Hitler andStalin typically described their opponentsas a€œ terrorists.

Title:When the Facts Change
Author:Tony Judt
Publisher:Random House - 2015-01-29


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