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The Uses and Abuses of History

The Uses and Abuses of History by Professor Margaret MacMillan
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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.

Profile Books; December 2010
256 pages; ISBN 9781847652003
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Title: The Uses and Abuses of History
Author: Professor Margaret MacMillan
 
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