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5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone with an interest in history should read this book, 20 Jan 2011
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Peter H. Jackson (Middle England) - See all my reviews
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Sets out clearly and concisely with comprehensive examples how "history" (real, imagined or both) is used to create, shape and reinforce national identity - for better or worse. And the political, social and military consequences of failures to recognise and understand this, and to respond appropriately.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good and thought provoking series of lectures, 21 Oct 2012
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This book is based on a series of lectures given by the author at a Canadian university. It's topical and thought provoking and if you're looking for a good introduction as to why history matters, is a good starting point. It's concise, well written, and has some really good examples of history being reinvented to shape the present, or alternatively of being ignored or misunderstood at great cost. I was astonished to find that the author's book on the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 ("Peacemakers") couldn't originally find a publisher because at the time it wasn't considered to be a fashionable area of history! This book sheds some light on how those trends come and go. Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in writing about history, 28 April 2013
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A truly great book about how history works, exposing the many ways it is used and interpreted by those in control.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History, 6 Mar 2014
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Very readable.gave a good insight into how political history can be. How we cannot assume everyone thinks the same way we do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars About the way history is used, 3 Dec 2013
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T. L. Knight "Camel" (Guildford, UK) - See all my reviews
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In a recent review of the book Catastrophe by Max Hastings I said that after the horrors of WW1 how could WW2 have been allowed to happen. Professor Macmillan's book provides the answer which alone makes it worth reading. It is a wide ranging review of the way history is seen and used inevitably with some emphasis on Canada, Macmillan's home country. Easy to read and well worth the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Useful, 4 July 2012
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R. Iain F. Brown (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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I found this book easily readable and interesting with many useful quotes from previous philosophers of history. But I missed the grand sweep and the impressive mass of painstakingly gathered evidence of Collingwood. One cannot expect every book of to be a literary and philosophical giant so this one is a good second and worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to read, 22 April 2010
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This book is mastership in handling history. M.M.showed how to use alphabetical letters to draw a map of engulfing brainstorm of the modern world histoy. Dr Mohsen Fahmy
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