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Johan Huizinga

Dutch historian
Johan Huizinga

Johan Huizinga (December 7, 1872February 1, 1945) was a Dutch historian, and one of the founders of modern cultural history.


  • The awareness of the all-surpassing importance of social groups is now general property in America.
    • Life and Thought in America, ch. 2 (1972).
  • Educators are aware that they can reach the youth only by making use of gang spirit and guiding it, not by working against it.
    • Life and Thought in America, ch. 2 (1972).

In the Shadow of Tomorrow (1936)Edit

  • Revolution as an ideal concept always preserves the essential content of the original thought: sudden and lasting betterment.
    • Ch. 2.
  • These are strange times. Reason, which once combatted faith and seemed to have conquered it, now has to look to faith to save it from dissolution.
    • Ch. 11.
  • History can predict nothing except that great changes in human relationships will never come about in the form in which they have been anticipated.
    • De historie kan niets voorspellen, behalve één ding: dat geen groote wending in de menschelijke verhoudingen ooit uitkomt in den vorm, waarin vroeger levenden zich haar hebben kunnen verbeeld.
    • Ch. 20.

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