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Jacques Barzun dies at 104; helped found field of cultural history
Jacques Barzun dies at 104; helped found field of cultural history

Jacques Barzun, a courtly French American scholar with a bracing knowledge of Western civilization who helped found the field of cultural history and in his 90s wrote the epic if improbable bestseller "From Dawn to Decadence," has died. He was 104. Barzun, who taught for nearly 50 years at Columbia University, died Thursday in San Antonio, where he retired after seven decades in New York. His death was confirmed by his son-in-law, Garvin Parfit. Hailed as "one of the last thoroughgoing generalists," the historian and critic wrote dozens of books and hundreds of essays on topics that reflected a wide-ranging intellect. His areas of expertise encompassed education,...

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