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Letters: July 2020

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By Prospect Team   July 2020

Historian’s prerogative 

There is no crisis that a shrewd profession cannot turn to its advantage. Margaret MacMillan has shown herself time and again to be a master of her art. We are taught from childhood to “learn from history or else,” and as she rightly says, we sometimes do (“The dawn after the darkest hour,” June). But what does she mean in demanding we “use it wisely”? History is not a science, subject to peer-group review. It says merely: “Trust me, I am a historian.”

History has long been a banquet…

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