• Most futures research is the work of social, managerial and natural scientists and specialists in technology assessment. Historians are conspicuous by their absence. When they do contribute, they usually limit themselves to studies of the history of futurism itself. It is argued that all inquiry into the future is a species of applied history, in which historians should play a far greater part. Support for the argument is drawn from a new book which attacks the ‘dread of change’ and the ‘closure of the historical mind’ in postmodern thought, Mythical Past, Elusive Future: History and Society in an Anxious Age, by Frank Füredi.