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History is made by historians. No event becomes a historic event unless historians turn it into one.
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.
If every man could act as he chose, the whole of history would be a tissue of disconnected accidents.
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
There is no history of mankind, there is only an indefinite number of histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world. But this, I hold, is an offence against every decent conception of mankind.
But it’s in the nature of progress that it erases its tracks, and its champions fixate on the remaining injustices and forget how far we have come.
Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books!
History is the study of the world's crime.
The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
For one thing, before the 20th century, there were plenty of genocides. We tend to forget about them, partly because they weren't as well documented and partly because, until recently, people didn't care. We used euphemisms like 'sackings' and 'sieges' instead of calling them 'genocides.'

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