Why the U.S. President Needs a Council of Historians

Interesting article that addresses the issue of the practical value of learning history.

“It isn’t enough for a commander in chief to invite friendly academics to dinner. The U.S. could avoid future disaster if policy makers started looking more to the past.”

“For too long, history has been disparaged as a “soft” subject by social scientists offering spurious certainty. We believe it is time for a new and rigorous “applied history”—an attempt to illuminate current challenges and choices by analyzing precedents and historical analogues.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/09/dont-know-much-about-history/492746/

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