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TRADITIONALIST HISTORIES

HISTORIA MAGISTRA VITAE EST

When tradition gives way to novelty, it becomes hard to tell legitimate historical scholarship apart from journalism. The historian is always working from within a tradition, and when that tradition is anti-traditional, the results are as chaotic, incoherent, and uninformative as one might expect. The traditionalist rejects such an approach, and so achieves quite different results.

Imperium Press' Traditionalist Histories series is a re-centering of historical scholarship, presenting the view from somewhere. The series comprises historical works by preeminent scholars free from the whiggism that characterizes so much of modern historical scholarship.

The Ancient City

Numa Denis Fustel de Coulanges

Let us place ourselves in thought, therefore, in the midst of those ancient generations whose traces have not been entirely effaced, and who delegated their beliefs and their laws to subsequent ages.

An impassioned case for traditionalism, Fustel de Coulanges posits religion and cult as the forces driving the political and social evolution of Greece and Rome. A masterpiece of the French language, The Ancient City strongly invigorated both royalism and the field of historical studies more generally, in 19th century France.

Decline of the West

Oswald Spengler

World history is the History of the great Cultures. And Peoples are only the symbolic Forms in which the Man of these Cultures fulfills his Destiny.

Spengler's monumental work breaks radically with liberal history, reintroducing the discipline to teleology, anti-universalism, and high culture. The major 20th century expression of cyclical history, Decline of the West reaches beyond history itself, into the realms of epistemology and metaphysics. Imperium Press presents the first unabridged English edition in nearly a century, published in two volumes.

Ancient Law

Henry James Sumner Maine

...we may say that the movement of the progressive societies has hitherto been a movement from Status to Contract.

In a work which made his reputation in one stroke, Maine inaugurates a period of historical literacy in law. In it he rejects the universalism of Locke, Hobbes, Montesquieu, and Bentham as ahistorical and unverifiable, setting forth the radical difference between ancient and modern man's conception of the basic unit of society—the family vs. the individual.