The Uses and Abuses of History

The Uses and Abuses of History

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History is useful when it is used properly: to understand why we and those we must deal with think and react in certain ways. It can offer examples to inform our decisions and guesses about the consequences of our actions. But we should be wary of looking to history for dogmatic lessons.We should distrust those who abuse history when they call on it to justify unreasonable claims to land, for example, or restitution. MacMillan illustrates how dangerous history can be in the hands of nationalistic or religious or ethnic leaders who use it to foster a sense of grievance and a desire for revenge.


 

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin, 2008
ISBN: 9780670066803
067006680X
Branch Call Number: 907.2 MacM 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xi, 194 p

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M.MacMillan has clearly warned us not to accept history at its face value, to beware of cherry-picking history to justify an agenda even while taking historical events into account.

She is a great historian. - as accessible and as great a scholar as Barbara Tuchman.

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her best so far

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