Jacques Barzun And Civilization In Decline

October 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Jacques Barzun And Civilization In Decline
The great historian Jacques Barzun is dead at 104. He said western civilization is in decline. We’ll debate.
Civilizations rise and fall. Last week, a great narrator of the civilization of the West fell. Jacques Barzon. At 104. Immigrant intellectual and American icon. He invented the modern idea of cultural history. Spent a long lifetime focused on history, art, music, science, baseball, Berlioz.
And in his venerated ‘90s, wrote a bestseller titled “From Dawn to Decadence,” looking at 500 years of Western history and concluding the West is in decline. Was he right?
This hour, On Point: Jacques Barzon’s summation, and the question – are we living the decline of the West?
-Tom Ashbrook
Michael Murray, author of Jacques Barzun: Portrait of a Mind and editor of A Jacques Barzun Reader.
John Lukacs, historian and longtime friend of Jacques Barzun.
James Miller, professor of political science and liberal studies at the New School. His most recent book is Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzche…..(more).

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