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Lukacs, John 1924-

Works: 202 works in 971 publications in 14 languages and 37,651 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Case studies  Records and correspondence  Sources  Miscellanea  Personal narratives  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Interviewee, Other
Classifications: D750, 940.532
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Lukacs
A new history of the cold war by John Lukacs( Book )

50 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Description and analysis of the two great protagonists, and history of their relationships during 1945-1960
Five days in London, May 1940 by John Lukacs( Book )

56 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The days from May 24 to May 28, 1940, altered the course of the history of this century, as the members of the British War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with or to continue the war against Hitler. The decisive importance of these five days is the focus of John Lukacs's new book." "Lukacs takes us hour by hour into the critical unfolding of events at 10 Downing Street, where Churchill and the members of his cabinet were painfully considering their war responsibilities. Lukacs also investigates the mood of the British people, drawing on newspaper and Mass-Observation reports that show how the citizenry, though only partly informed about the dangers that faced them, nevertheless began to support Churchill's determination to stand fast."--Jacket
The Hitler of history by John Lukacs( Book )

50 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 1,700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since 1945 there have been more than one hundred biographies of Hitler, and countless other books on him and the Third Reich. What happens when so many people reinterpret the life of a single individual? Dangerously, the cumulative portrait that begins to emerge can suggest the face of a mythic antihero whose crimes and errors blur behind an aura of power and conquest. By reversing the process, by making Hitler's biographers - rather than Hitler himself - the subject of inquiry, Lukacs reveals the contradictions that take us back to the true Hitler of history. Like an attorney, Lukacs puts the biographies on trial. He gives a masterly account of all the major works and of the personalities, methods, and careers of the biographers (one cannot separate the historian from his history, particularly in this arena); he looks at what is still not known (and probably never will be) about Hitler; he considers various crucial aspects of the real Hitler; and he shows how different biographers have either advanced our understanding or gone off track
The duel : 10 May-31 July 1940 : the eighty-day struggle between Churchill and Hitler by John Lukacs( Book )

52 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in 6 languages and held by 1,581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers an account of how close England came to losing the war
The last European war, September 1939/December 1941 by John Lukacs( Book )

30 editions published between 1941 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The end of the twentieth century and the end of the modern age by John Lukacs( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the twentieth century, where society is today, how it got there, and where it is headed
At the end of an age by John Lukacs( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and Czech and held by 1,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the End of an Age is a reflection on the nature of historical and scientific knowledge. Of extraordinary philosophical, religious, and historical scope, it is the product of a great historian's lifetime of thought on the subject of his discipline and the human condition. While running counter to most of the accepted ideas and doctrines of our time, it offers a compelling framework for understanding history, science, and man's capacity for self-knowledge." "In this work, John Lukacs describes how we in the Western world have now been living through the ending of an entire historical age that began in Western Europe about five hundred years ago. Unlike people during the ending of the Middle Ages or the Roman empire, we can know where we are. But how and what is it that we know?"--Jacket
Churchill : visionary, statesman, historian by John Lukacs( Book )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last chapter is a powerful and deeply moving evocation of the three days Lukacs spent in London attending Churchill's funeral in 1965, and it offers a final assessment of Churchill's place in history through the prism of the varied individuals who came to honor him after his death. In Churchill: Visionary. Statesman. Historian., Luckacs sets forth the essence of this towering figure with consummate mastery."--Jacket
June 1941 : Hitler and Stalin by John Lukacs( Book )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new portrait of two great leaders confronting each other in June 1941 describes Hitler and Stalin's strange, calculating, and miscalculating relationship before the German invasion of Soviet Russia, with its gigantic (and unintended) consequences. Lukas questions many long-held beliefs. He suggests, for example, that among other things Hitler's first purpose involved England: if Stalin's Communist Russia were to be defeated, Hitler's Third Reich would be well-nigh invincible, and the British and American peoples would be forced to rethink the war against Hitler. Lukas presents evidence that Hitler (rather than his generals) had moments of dark foreboding before the invasion. Stalin could not, because he wished not, believe that Hitler would choose the risk of a two-front war by attacking him; he was stunned and shocked and came close to a breakdown. But he recovered, grew into a statesman, and eventually became a prime victor of the Second World War.--From publisher description
Historical consciousness; or, The remembered past by John Lukacs( Book )

31 editions published between 1968 and 2002 in English and held by 1,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The role of historical factors over the past three centuries
Democracy and populism : fear & hatred by John Lukacs( Book )

19 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,032 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This intensely interesting-and troubling-book is the product of a lifetime of reflection and study of democracy. In it, John Lukacs addresses the questions of how our democracy has changed and why we have become vulnerable to the shallowest possible demagoguery. Lukacs contrasts the political systems, movements, and ideologies that have bedeviled the twentieth century: democracy, Liberalism, nationalism, fascism, Bolshevism, National Socialism, populism. Reflecting on American democracy, Lukacs describes its evolution from the eighteenth century to its current form-a dangerous and possibly irreversible populism. This involves, among other things, the predominance of popular sentiment over what used to be public opinion. This devolution has happened through the gigantic machinery of publicity, substituting propaganda-and entertainment-for knowledge, and ideology for a sense of history. It is a kind of populism that relies on nationalism and militarism to hold society together. Lukacs's observations are original, biting, timely, sure to inspire lively debate about the precarious state of American democracy today."
Budapest 1900 : a historical portrait of a city and its culture by John Lukacs( Book )

41 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Lukacs, distinguished historian and native of Budapest, offers in Budapest 1900 a rich and eloquent portrait of one of the great European cities at the height of its powers. Budapest, like Paris and Vienna, experienced a remarkable exfoliation at the end of the nineteenth century. In terms of population growth, material expansion, and cultural exuberance, it was among the foremost metropolitan centers of the world, the cradle of such talents as BartOk, KodAly, KrUdy, Ady, MolnAr, Koestler, Szilard, and von Neumann, among others. John Lukacs provides a cultural and historical portrait of the city-its sights, sounds, and inhabitants; the artistic and material culture; its class dynamics; the essential role played by its Jewish population-and a historical perspective that describes the ascendance of the city and its decline into the maelstrom of the twentieth century. Intimate and engaging, Budapest 1900 captures the glory of a city at the turn of the century, poised at the moment of its greatest achievements, yet already facing the demands of a new age
Five days in London, May 1940 by John Lukacs( )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The days from May 24 to May 28, 1940 altered the course of the history of this century, as the members of the British War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war. The decisive importance of these five days is the focus
Outgrowing democracy : a history of the United States in the twentieth century by John Lukacs( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1945, year zero by John Lukacs( Book )

19 editions published between 1978 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Regeringschefer, præsidenter; Krigsafslutning 1945
George Kennan : a study of character by John Lukacs( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A man of impressive mental powers, of extraordinary intellectual range, and - last, but not least, - of exceptional integrity, George Frost Kennan (1904-2005) was an adviser to presidents and secretaries of state, with a decisive role in the history of this country (and of the entire world) for a few crucial years in the 1940s, after which he was made to retire; but then he became a scholar who wrote seventeen books, scores of essays and articles, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir. He also wrote remarkable public lectures and many thousands of incisive letters, laying down his pen only in the hundredth year of his life." "Having risen within the American Foreign Service and been posted to various European capitals, twice to Moscow, Kennan in 1946 was called back to Washington, where he helped to inspire the Truman Doctrine and draft the Marshall Plan. Among other things, he wrote the "X" or "Containment" article, for which he became world famous - an article which he regarded as not very important and liable to misreading. John Lukacs describes the development and the essence of Kennan's thinking; the - perhaps unavoidable - misinterpretations of his advocacies; his self-imposed task as a leading realist critic during the Cold War; and the importance of his work as a historian during the second half of his long life."--Jacket
The legacy of the Second World War by John Lukacs( Book )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Addresses the perplexing and often overlooked questions about World War II, revealing the ways in which the war and its legacy still touch lives today
A short history of the twentieth century by John Lukacs( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The historian John Lukacs offers a concise history of the twentieth century--its two world wars and cold war, its nations and leaders. The great themes woven through this spirited narrative are inseparable from the author's own intellectual preoccupations: the fading of liberalism, the rise of populism and nationalism, the achievements and dangers of technology, and the continuing democratization of the globe. The historical twentieth century began with the First World War in 1914 and ended seventy-five years later with the collapse of the Soviet Empire in 1989. The short century saw the end of European dominance and the rise of American power and influence throughout the world. The twentieth century was an American century--perhaps the American century. Lukacs explores in detail the phenomenon of national socialism (national socialist parties, he reminds us, have outlived the century), Hitler's sole responsibility for the Second World War, and the crucial roles played by his determined opponents Churchill and Roosevelt. Between 1939 and 1942 Germany came closer to winning than many people suppose. Lukacs casts a hard eye at the consequences of the Second World War--the often misunderstood Soviet-American cold war--and at the shifting social and political developments in the Far and Middle East and elsewhere. In an eloquent closing meditation on the passing of the twentieth century, he reflects on the advance of democracy throughout the world and the limitations of human knowledge."--Publisher website
Blood, toil, tears, and sweat : the dire warning by John Lukacs( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.'"" "On May 13th, 1940, Winston Churchill stood before the House of Commons to deliver his first speech as Prime Minister. Three days earlier Germany had invaded Holland, Belgium and France. Meeting only with feeble resistance, Hitler's armies were sweeping westward. Neville Chamberlain had been pressed to resign, and Churchill succeeded him." "When Churchill rose to address the House of Commons on May 13th he had little support from the Conservative Party. "I have never believed in him," wrote one MP. Another described Churchill as a "disaster." Most of his own Conservative Party had applauded not Churchill but Chamberlain when the latter entered the hall. Churchill's speech received no overwhelming applause. It was not broadcast to the nation that night." "In Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat, the eminent historian and master storyteller John Lukacs describes and discusses this extraordinary and - at the time - little appreciated speech. Churchill's rhetoric, he argues, emanated from his vision of history which defined his leadership throughout the war. For Churchill recognized, far earlier than most, the power of Adolph Hitler, and the strength of the German military. "I hope it is not too late," Churchill had confided to his bodyguard on May 10th. "I am very much afraid that it is," He added: "We can only do our best."" "Churchill made no promises in his speech. He knew he had none to make. And yet he would and did rally England. For Churchill - and Churchill alone - understood what was at stake: the fate not only of his nation, but of civilization itself."--Jacket
The future of history by John Lukacs( Book )

20 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflects upon the discipline of history, claiming that the writing and teaching of history in higher education is in decline, and explores ways in which the future of the discipline can thrive
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Five days in London, May 1940
Alternative Names
John Lukacs Hongaars historicus van de moderne tijd

John Lukacs történész

John Lukacs US-amerikanischer Historiker

Lukács 1924-

Lukāčs, Džons 1924-

Lukács, János 1924-

Lukács, János Albert 1924-

Lukacs, John

Lukacs, John 1923-

Lukacs, John A.

Lukacs, John A. 1923-

Lukacs, John A. 1924-

Lukacs, John A. (John Adalbert), 1923-

Lukacs, John A. (John Adalbert), 1924-

Lukacs, John Adalbert 1923-

Lukacs, John Adalbert 1924-

Lukacs, John Albert 1924-

Lukas, John A.

Lukats, Tzon 1924-

Rukāchi, Jon 1924-

Лукач, Джон 1924-

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ルカーチ, ジョン

Five days in London, May 1940The Hitler of historyThe duel : 10 May-31 July 1940 : the eighty-day struggle between Churchill and HitlerThe last European war, September 1939/December 1941At the end of an ageChurchill : visionary, statesman, historianJune 1941 : Hitler and StalinHistorical consciousness; or, The remembered past