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Gerda Lerner
Interpreting History
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What we do about history matters. The often repeated saying
that those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to
repeat them has a lot of truth in it. But what are 'the lessons
of history'? The very attempt at definition furnishes ground for
new conflicts. History is not a recipe book; past events are
never replicated in the present in quite the same way. Historical
events are infinitely variable and their interpretations are a
constantly shifting process. There are no certainties to be found
in the past.


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