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The Uses and Abuses of History
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on 2 January 2017
I read and greatly admired Margaret MacMillan's "The War that Ended Peace", one of the best studies I know of the build-up that lead to the First World War. Here again she presents in a reasoned and informed way why history is so important to understanding the world as it is and how it might develop in the future. It should be compulsory reading for all history students and especially politicians.
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on 20 May 2014
"... that a citizenry that cannot begin to put the present into context, that has so little knowledge of the past, can too easily be fed stories by those who claim to speak with the knowledge of history and its lessons."
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on 6 March 2014
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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on 9 August 2015
Arrived promptly - as described
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on 6 September 2014
succinct thought provoking- everyone should read this
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on 21 November 2014
It gives a clear and effective layout of history in it's past, present and future, it's shame it was not long enough but a great book to read. 😀🌿🌐
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on 18 January 2016
Excellent account of the uses and abuses of history ....just what it says on the tin!!
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on 7 July 2016
Brilliant and insightful book. Such a rewarding experience reading it.
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on 1 August 2015
very good
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on 20 January 2011
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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