Imperium excerpts, chapter 4

A book dedicated “To the hero of the Second World War”


The 20th Century Historical Outlook

The Meaning of Facts





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Some men have a greater inner need to think abstractly than others.

For one of the characteristics of Life-facts is that distance–particularly temporal distance–shows up their lineaments more clearly. We know more of Imperial history than Tacitus knew, more of Napoleonic history than Napoleon knew, vastly more of the First World War than its creators and participants knew, and Western men in 2050 will know our times in a way that we can never know them.

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