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Jacques Barzun, Historian, Dead at 104

Authored "Dawn to Decadence," a survey of 500 years of Western civilization, at 92


Jacques Barzun, the distinguished historian, essayist, cultural gadfly and educator who helped establish the modern discipline of cultural history and came to see the West as sliding toward decadence, died Thursday night in San Antonio, where he lived. He was 104.