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The Uses and Abuses of History

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Description for The Uses and Abuses of History Paperback. Abuses of history can have dire consequences - look at Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Margaret MacMillan's argument for why history matters shows how treating the past with respect can lead us to a better understanding with the present. Num Pages: 256 pages. BIC Classification: HBA; HBG. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 196 x 128 x 14. Weight in Grams: 152.
The past is capricious enough to support every stance - no matter how questionable. In 2002, the Bush administration decided that dealing with Saddam Hussein was like appeasing Hitler or Mussolini, and promptly invaded Iraq. Were they wrong to look to history for guidance? No; their mistake was to exaggerate one of its lessons while suppressing others of equal importance. History is often hijacked through suppression, manipulation, and, sometimes, even outright deception. MacMillan's book is packed full of examples of the abuses of history. In response, she urges us to treat the past with care and respect.

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About Professor Margaret Macmillan
MARGARET MacMILLAN is the renowned author of the international bestsellers The War that Ended Peace, Nixon in China and Peacemakers: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War, which won the Duff Cooper Prize, the Hessell-Tiltman Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize, and the 2003 Governor General's Literary Award in Canada. The past provost ... Read more

Reviews for The Uses and Abuses of History
No history lover should fail to digest the lessons of this short but brilliant book.
Simon Heffer
Daily Telegraph
A magnificent book, wise and timely
This is history used as its own best argument
Toronto Sun
Swift and bracing

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