The Uses and Abuses of History

The Uses and Abuses of History

Book - 2008
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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 : Viking Canada, c2008
ISBN: 9780670066803
Branch Call Number: ANF 907.2 MAC
Characteristics: xi, 194 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Goodman, Joanne


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Oct 15, 2016

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.

Oct 20, 2008

her best so far

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