The Uses And Abuses Of History

March 17, 2009|
The Uses And Abuses Of History by Margaret 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.


 

MARGARET MACMILLAN received her PhD from Oxford University and was a professor of international history at Oxford, where she was also the warden of St. Antony''s College. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; a senior fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto; and an honorary fellow of Trinity College, University of...
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Title:The Uses And Abuses Of History
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:208 pages, 8.2 X 5.2 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:208 pages, 8.2 X 5.2 X 0.5 in
Published:March 17, 2009
Publisher:Penguin Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780143054788

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