Chapter 5. History as Nightmare

Conceptions of Progress and Decline

  1. Neville Morley

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305111.ch5

Antiquity and Modernity

Antiquity and Modernity

How to Cite

Morley, N. (2008) History as Nightmare, in Antiquity and Modernity, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305111.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 AUG 2008

Book Series:

  1. Classical Receptions

Book Series Editors:

  1. Maria Wyke

Series Editor Information

  1. University College London, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131391

Online ISBN: 9781444305111



  • history as nightmare;
  • nineteenth century - great era of studies;
  • Max Weber's account of the rise of modernity;
  • global perspectives on history and strong sense of determinism;
  • prophecies and nightmares;
  • weight of the past;
  • dangerous meaning of art - as custodian and galvanizer of dead and dying conceptions;
  • overcoming history


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Shape of History

  • Prophecies and Nightmares

  • The Weight of the Past

  • Overcoming History

  • Notes