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The Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret MacMillan
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Dec 27, 09

bookshelves: history
Read in October, 2009

If the study of history does nothing more than teach us humility, skepticism, and awareness of ourselves, then it has done something useful. We must continue to examine our own assumptions and those of others and ask, where's the evidence? Or, is there another explanation? We should be wary of grand claims in history's name or those who claim to have uncovered the truth once and for all. In the end, my only advice is to use it, enjoy it, but always handle history with care. - MacMillan

An excellent, short, and accessible discussion of philosophy of history - why history is an important subject to study (knowledge of selves, of nations, of analoguous situations) and how it is misused by those who use it to manipulate politics and populations. Very quick read.

The copy I borrowed from the library was titled _Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History_ and was done by Modern Library. Same book.

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