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Learning From History
of history, historians should bring our discipline's traditional virtues: a strict adherence to research methods that are public, transparent, and open to critical scrutiny; a commitment to examining as much of the relevant evidence as possible, even. Collingwood "Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular. Learning lessons of history can surely be seen as a pressing necessity in the hope of yielding up some guidlines for the adoption of practical policies intended to enhance the possibility for the lessening of injustices and for the avoidance of conflict. However professionally skeptical we may be about learning from the past, there is no doubt that we try to do it all the time. It crystallized ideas and projected the pattern of things to come; it determined the course of the following century." If Namier is right in viewing the "Revolutions of 1848" as featuring a seed-plot of history, and if we can identify the early attempts at growth. The second claim is counterfactual: if the democracies had fought Hitler in 1938, the Munich analogy assumes, they could have defeated him with less effort than was required a year later. The selection soon continues with other"tions where such seriously famous observers as Edmund Burke, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Machiavelli present views that very directly suggest that learning deep lessons from history is both possible and desirable.
Again and again, our political leaders use the past to warn, admonish, and inspire the public; to criticize their opponents; and to justify their own policies. Each is absorbed in the prospect of good accruing to himself but each is no less contributing to the utmost of his ability to fix adorn human civilization. While this particular lesson drawn from the two occupations was clearly wrong, to compare them might well have been illuminating.
Israel should and must learn from history. Without them what we extract from history will not be grains of wisdom but the fool's gold all too often offered as precious lessons from the past. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results." Machiavelli "History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can. Our overview of this learning from history may not so much explicitly focus importance on the broader range of past mistakes of history, of which there are many, as learning useful lessons about - The Human Condition AND Social Change. Ralph Waldo Emerson, alike with very many of the thinking persons living in the USA in the eighteen-thirties who had the inclination and leisure time to interest themselves in ideas, was greatly influenced by the works of Victor Cousin! Evidently again, the elements of human nature. We should learn from history that any economic system in which disparities exist cannot be sustained in the long term. All the facts of history pre-exist as laws. I am grateful to Jeffrey Herf for sharing with me his article, "Historical Fiction which appeared in the New Republic Online (November 29, 2004). A good (if, to my mind, not totally convincing) argument can be made for both these claims, but the value of comparing the two situations requires that the argument be made and tested, that is, that we carefully weigh the policies and performance of the. Essays on Freedom and Powe r, New York, 1957, 2526).
Following the launch of the new American policy, the old question of whether politics can learn from history will be answered again in the Middle East. Resistance to American forces in Iraq, it was suggested, should neither surprise nor discourage us since similar resistance could be found at the beginning of the United States' extraordinarily successful project of nation building in postwar Germany. His faculties refer to natures out of him, and predict the world he is to inhabit, as the fins of the fish foreshow that water exists, or the wings of an eagle in the egg presuppose air.