Constantin Fasolt is professor of history at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Council and Hierarchy: The Political Thought of William Durant the Younger and the editor and translator of Hermann Conring's New Discourse on the Roman-German Emperor.
"Some knowledge of the past is possible, and we can still differentiate good from bad history by using all the techniques established by the profession over the course of hundreds of years. But what is impossible is to divide the past from the present. To have demonstrated this conclusively is this book's major achievement, and Constantin Fasolt does so in beautiful language. The volume contains many sentences which practitioners of history should write down and keep before their eyes when practicing their craft." (German History)"