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Dangerous Games

The Uses and Abuses of History

by Margaret MacMillan
Paperback
Publication Date: 13/07/2010
 
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.
ISBN:
9780812979961
9780812979961
Category:
Decision theory: general
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
13-07-2010
Language:
English
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
203.2x132.08x12.7mm
Weight:
0.18kg
Margaret MacMillan

Margaret MacMillan is Emeritus Professor of International History, University of Oxford and Professor of History, University of Toronto.

She is the author of Women and the Raj and the international bestsellers Nixon in China and Peacemakers, which won the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize, and The War that Ended Peace, The Uses and Abuses of History and History's People, all published by Profile.

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