What Good is History? Challenging the Three Big History Clichés

Lecture Description

This talk was first presented at the 2016 Symposium for History Undergraduate Research. Rael explores the problems and nuggets of truth found in three big clichés about History: (1) We learn lessons from the past to avoid repeating mistakes; (2) History is written by the winners; and (3) History is lies agreed upon. While largely untrue, these aphorisms permit us to think critically about historians’ roles in the conduct of constructive public discourse.

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Education General and Historiography

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