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"'In a world where the spin doctor has replaced the historian, MacMillan reminds readers of the importance of dispassionate, fact-driven narrative, as opposed to reassuring or self-serving accounts that pass for history while burying the unpleasant truths.' - Ottawa Sun 'This is history used as its own best argument' - The Toronto Sun" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
MARGARET MacMILLAN is the renowned author of Women of the Raj, Stephen Leacock (Extraordinary Canadians series), and the international bestsellers Nixon in China and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the 2003 Governor General’s Award and the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. She is also the author of The Uses and Abuses of History. The past provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, she is now the warden of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University.
Excellent series of lectures on history as a tool of understanding and how to spot the misuse of historical information in support of causes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DDolsen
An excellent book. It should be compulsory reading in high school history classes across the country, it not around the world.Published 5 months ago by Patrick Landine
This is not an in-depth look at the instrumentalisation of history but rather a small volume that reads like notes from a seminar or from a series of lectures given on the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anton
It is a good book written in Macmillan's style that uses many examples to support her argument. A good book for a discussion as it provides many examples of 'uses' of history to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by student
I have long been a fan of this author's work. This is what I expect from one of the premier historians of our times. Thoughtful,
involving, and so delicatley drawn. Read more