Gertrude Himmelfarb


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Gertrude Himmelfarb (born August 8, 1922), also known as Bea Kristol, is an American historian. She has written extensively on intellectual history, with a focus on Britain and the Victorian era, as well as on contemporary society and culture.

Himmelfarb was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Bertha (née Lerner) and Max Himmelfarb. She received her undergraduate degree from ... more »

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  • ''The "real movement" of history, it turns out, is fueled not by matter but by spirit, by the will to freedom.''
    Gertrude Himmelfarb (b. 1922), U.S. historian. On Looking Into the Abyss, ch. 3 (1994). Written in 1990.
  • ''Postmodernism entices us with the siren call of liberation and creativity, but it may be an invitation to intellectual and moral suicide.''
    Gertrude Himmelfarb (b. 1922), U.S. historian. On Looking Into the Abyss, ch. 7 (1994). Speaking of postmodernist historical theory. Relativist in...
  • ''Nothing is as seductive as the assurance of success.''
    Gertrude Himmelfarb (b. 1922), U.S. author. On Looking into the Abyss, ch. 3 (1994). From a paper delivered in 1990 at the American Enterprise Ins...
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