The Uses and Abuses of History

The Uses and Abuses of History


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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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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 117.93g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 184668210X
  • 9781846682100
  • 23,054

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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 Tribune This is history used as its own best argument Toronto Sun Swift and bracing Independent

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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 of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, she is now the warden of St. Antony's College at Oxford University.

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