The Uses and Abuses of History

The Uses and Abuses of History

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By (author) Margaret Macmillan

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  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 18mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184668210X
  • ISBN 13: 9781846682100
  • Sales rank: 37,756

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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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Margaret MacMillan is the author of Women of the Raj and international bestsellers Nixon in China and Peacemakers: The Paris Conference 1919 and Its Attempt to End the War. 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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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