The Uses And Abuses Of History

Paperback | March 17, 2009

byMargaret Macmillan

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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.


 

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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 t...

MARGARET MacMILLAN is the renowned author of Women of the Raj, Stephen Leacock (Extraordinary Canadians series), and the international bestsellers Nixon in China and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the 2003 Governor General’s Award and the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. She is also the author of The Uses and Abu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.2 × 5.2 × 0.5 inPublished:March 17, 2009Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143054783

ISBN - 13:9780143054788

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it... This is MacMillan at her best! A very short yet good read. Anyone who is interested in history must have this book.
Date published: 2011-10-17