The Uses and Abuses of History
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - stephengoldenberg - LibraryThing
This does exactly what it says on the cover, although it's rather more about the abuses and misuses than about the uses. The chief villain of the piece is nationalism/patriotism - the reason why so ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - themulhern - LibraryThing
There isn't all that much to this book, although it has a few good phrases: "... much use of history, but is history much use?" "distinction between a museum and a memorial." The thesis is that ... Read full review