Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History

Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History

by Margaret MacMillan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0679643583

ISBN-13: 9780679643586

Pub. Date: 07/07/2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan explores here the many ways in which history affects us all. She shows how a deeper engagement with history, both as individuals and in the sphere of public debate, can help us understand ourselves and the world better. But she also warns that history can be misused and lead to misunderstanding. History is used to justify

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Acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan explores here the many ways in which history affects us all. She shows how a deeper engagement with history, both as individuals and in the sphere of public debate, can help us understand ourselves and the world better. But she also warns that history can be misused and lead to misunderstanding. History is used to justify religious movements and political campaigns alike. Dictators may suppress history because it undermines their ideas, agendas, or claims to absolute authority. Nationalists may tell false, one-sided, or misleading stories about the past. Political leaders might mobilize their people by telling lies. It is imperative that we have an understanding of the past and avoid these and other common traps in thinking to which many fall prey. This brilliantly reasoned work, alive with incident and figures both great and infamous, will compel us to examine history anew-and skillfully illuminates why it is important to treat the past with care.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679643586
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/07/2009
Series:
Modern Library Chronicles
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The History Craze 1

2 History for Comfort 13

3 Who Owns the Past? 33

4 History and Identity 51

5 History and Nationalism 79

6 Presenting History's Bill 91

7 History Wars 111

8 History as a Guide 139

Conclusion 165

Acknowledgments 171

Further Reading 173

Index 177

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