The Lessons of History was written in 1968 by Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant. Originally written as part of the authors’ 11-volume The Story of Civilization. This book represents an overview of the themes and lessons observed from the last 5,000 years. Summarizing the most important periods and trends in history, this series of 13 essays takes us on a journey through time, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity as well as documenting the great lives, accomplishments and ideas that have shaped our history.Will and Ariel Durant provide perspectives and draw conclusions by looking into changes and trends in economics, politics, military, religion and even geography. The Lessons of History reveals the larger than life themes of our heritage and gives added meaning to our future.
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William James Durant – November 5, 1885 – November 7, 1981) was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife Ariel Durant and published between 1935 and 1975. He was earlier noted for The Story of Philosophy (1924), described as “a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy”.