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Visions of the Future: The Distant Past, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Robert Heilbroner


“This is an exceedingly long short book, stretching at least fifty thousand years into the past and who knows how many into the future…” So begins this book, the basic premise of which is stunning in its elegant simplicity. The book contends that throughout all of human history there have really only been three distinct ways of looking at the future. In the Distant Past (Prehistory to the 17th century) there was no notion of a future measurably and materially different from the present or the past. In the period the book calls Yesterday (1700–1950), science, capitalism, and democracy gave huma ... More

Keywords: future, Distant Past, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, science, capitalism, democracy, anxiety, optimism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195102864
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Heilbroner, author
New School for Social Research

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