History Books With Insight for the Future

Why geography matters, and novels, too.

History is always looming.

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As regular readers know, I am a great believer in the study of history, and not only because we seem endlessly doomed to repeat it. I also believe that the study of what has gone before is a useful if generally ignored corrective to our contemporary tendency to see every problem as sui generis.

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