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Margaret MacMillan, an acclaimed historian and “great storyteller” (The New York Review of Books), explores here the many ways in which history–its values and dangers–affects us all, including how it is used and abused. The New York Times bestselling author of Paris 1919 and Nixon and Mao reveals how a deeper engagement with history in our private lives and, more important, in the sphere of public debate can guide us to a richer, more enlightened existence, as individuals and nations. Alive with incident and figures both great and infamous, including Robespierre, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Mao Zedong, Karl Marx, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and George W. Bush, Dangerous Games explores why it is important to treat history with care.

History is used to justify religious movements and political campaigns alike. The manipulation of history is increasingly pervasive in today’s world. 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. Adolf Hitler, for instance, blamed the Jews for Germany’s humiliation at Versailles and its defeat in World War I. It is imperative that we have an understanding of the past and avoid the all-too-common traps in thinking to which many fall prey–as MacMillan skillfully illuminates. This brilliantly reasoned work will compel us to examine history anew, including our own understanding of it, and our own closely held beliefs.

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Margaret MacMillan, an acclaimed historian and great storyteller (The New York Review of Books), explores here the many ways in which history its values and dangers affects us all, including how it is used and abused. The New York Times bestselling

Synopsis:

Explores the ways in which history has been used to influence people and government, focusing on how reportage of past events has been manipulated to justify religious movements and political campaigns.

About the Author

Margaret MacMillan is the author of Paris 1919, Nixon and Mao, and Women of the Raj. Paris 1919 won the Duff Cooper Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction, the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History, a Silver Medal for the Arthur Ross Book Award of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Governor-General’s prize for nonfiction, and it was selected by the editors of The New York Times as one of the ten best books of the year. A past provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, MacMillan is the warden of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University.

Table of Contents

The history craze — History for comfort — Who owns the past? — History and identity — History and nationalism — Presenting history's bill — History wars — History as a guide.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588367686
Subtitle:
The Uses and Abuses of History
Publisher:
Modern Library
Creator:
Margaret MacMillan
Author:
MacMillan, Margaret
Author:
Margaret MacMillan
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Decision-making
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Western Civilization-Historiography
Subject:
World history -- Historiography.
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090707
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
188

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Education » Conflict Resolution
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Historiography
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"Synopsis" by , Explores the ways in which history has been used to influence people and government, focusing on how reportage of past events has been manipulated to justify religious movements and political campaigns.
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