The Uses And Abuses Of History

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The Uses And Abuses Of History

by Margaret Macmillan

Penguin Group Canada | April 15, 2008 | Hardcover

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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.


 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 3.44 × 2.26 × 0.33 in

Published: April 15, 2008

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067006680X

ISBN - 13: 9780670066803

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The Uses And Abuses Of History

by Margaret Macmillan

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 pages, 3.44 × 2.26 × 0.33 in

Published: April 15, 2008

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067006680X

ISBN - 13: 9780670066803

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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.


 

About the Author

Margaret MacMillan is the author of the bestselling Paris 1919. She is a member of the Order of Canada, past provost of Trinity College, and current warden of St. Antony's College at Oxford University.

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