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Simon Schama

Data de nascimento: 13. Fevereiro 1945

Simon Michael Schama, CBE é um acadêmico e escritor britânico, professor de História e História da Arte na Universidade de Columbia. Entre suas obras mais famosas estão Landscape and Memory, Dead Certainties, Rembrandt's Eyes, além de sua história da Revolução Francesa, Citizens. Schama ficou conhecido por escrever e apresentar um documentário em 15 partes produzido e exibido pela BBC intitulado A History of Britain; também é um crítico de arte para o jornal americano The New York Times.


„Obama personifica a Ásia, a África e os EUA. Ele parece um americano diferente, mas, na verdade, é uma representação de todos os americanos.“

„Historians are left forever chasing shadows, painfully aware of their inability ever to reconstruct a dead world in its completeness however thorough or revealing their documentation. We are doomed to be forever hailing someone who has just gone around the corner and out of earshot.“ Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations


„Even for the most excitable preacher, there was nothingsinful about a waffle.“ The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age

„I'm helplessly and permanently a Red Sox fan. It was like first love... You never forget. It's special. It's the first time I saw a ballpark. I'd thought nothing would ever replace cricket. Wow! Fenway Park at 7 o'clock in the evening. Oh, just, magic beyond magic: never got over that“

„The next worse thing to a battle lost is a battle won.“

„The digital communications technology that was once imagined as a universe of transparent and perpetual illumination, in which cancerous falsehoods would perish beneath a saturation bombardment of irradiating data, has instead generated a much murkier and verification-free habitat where a google-generated search will deliver an electronic page on which links to lies and lunacy appear in identical format as those to truths and sanity. But why should we ever have assumed that technology and reason would be mutually self-reinforcing? The quickest visit to say, a site called Stormfront will persuade you that the demonic is in fact the best customer of the electronic.“ Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writings on Ice Cream, Obama, Churchill & My Mother

„The first century of the plague had seen the country turned upside down. In the twilight years of Edward III it seemed that nothing could damage the greatness of the Plantagenet royal estate. But the world of the village went from impoverished claustrophobia to traumatized infection. A hundred years later, everything had been upended, courtesy of King Death.“ A History of Britain: Volume 1

„Historians like a quiet life, and usually they get it. For the most part, history moves at a deliberate pace, working its changes subtly and incrementally. Nations and their institutions harden into shape or crumble away like sediment carried by the flow of a sluggish river. English history in particular seems the work of a temperate community, seldom shaken by convulsions. But there are moments when history is unsubtle; when change arrives in a violent rush, decisive, bloody, traumatic; as a truck-load of trouble, wiping out everything that gives a culture its bearings - custom, language, law, loyalty. 1066 was one of those moments.“ A History of Britain: At the Edge of the World? 3500 BC-AD 1603


„It is already apparent that the ‘minimalist’ view of the Bible as wholly fictitious and unhooked from historical reality, may be as much of a mistake as the biblical literalism it sought to supersede.“ The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC - 1492 AD

„Be angry only for a grave cause that rightly calls for indignation,’ Maimonides wrote in his Mishneh Torah. What“ The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC - 1492 AD

„The shadows of woman and child lie heavily athwart our own fears and nightmares and the two become translated, in the empty, indifferent place, from the local to the monumental. They are nobodies and thus become everybody.“ Hang-Ups: Essays on Art

„The Archaeology of the Land of the Bible: An Introduction“ The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC - 1492 AD


„Funds from a Swiss-German bank were made available for him through Jewish and Gentile entrepreneur-partners to build model (in the other sense) dwellings for impoverished Jews, without any obligation, though the evangelical side of the money naturally hoped for the admission of Gospel Light along with the natural kind. The district which filled with the Orthodox became known as Mea Shearim which, were it known to be the work of ardently Christian hands, might surprise its present-day residents.“ The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC - 1492 AD

„„Rozbójnicy” i „bandyci” to terminy od dawna stosowane przez bogatych (do których z pewnością zaliczał się Józef [Flawiusz]) na określenie buntowników spośród obciążonych podatkami i zubożałych.“ The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE – 1492 CE

„... for the designated successor to royal authority, the Sovereign People, was no more capable than Louis XVI of reconciling freedom with power.“ Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

„a young student had written to his father, justifying his decision to volunteer by declaring that “our liberty can only be assured if it will have for its bed a mattress of cadavers… I consent to become one of those cadavers.“ Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

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