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.
Imperium Press’ Traditionalist Histories series is a re-centering of historical scholarship, presenting the view from somewhere. The series comprises historical works by pre-eminent scholars free from the whiggism that characterizes so much of modern historical scholarship.
The Ancient City
Numa Denis Fustel de Coulanges
Foreword by Dennis Bouvard
In The Ancient City, Fustel de Coulanges hands us the skeleton key unlocking classical civilization—the Indo-European domestic cult—showing this archaic religion to be the engine behind the rise and fall of the classical world.
In his foreword, Dennis Bouvard views The Ancient City through the lens of generative anthropology, pointing the way to a post-liberal understanding of our own social order, informed by the imperative order described by Fustel.
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.