Dangerous Games by Margaret MacMillan
The Uses and Abuses of History (Modern Library Chronicles)

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Acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan explores here the many ways in which history affects us all. She shows how a deeper engagement with history, both as individuals and in the sphere of public debate, can help us understand ourselves and the world better. But she also warns that history can be misused and lead to misunderstanding. History is used to justify religious movements and political campaigns alike. Dictators may suppress history because it undermines their ideas, agendas, or claims to absolute authority. Nationalists may tell false, one-sided, or misleading stories about the past. Political leaders might mobilize their people by telling lies. It is imperative that we have an understanding of the past and avoid these and other common traps in thinking to which many fall prey. This brilliantly reasoned work, alive with incident and figures both great and infamous, will compel us to examine history anew—and skillfully illuminates why it is important to treat the past with care.

About Margaret MacMillan

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MARGARET MACMILLAN received her DPhil from Oxford University and is now a professor of International History at Oxford, where she is also the Warden of St. Antony's College. She was previously provost of Trinity College and professor of history at the University of Toronto. Her previous books include Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History, Nixon and Mao: The Week that Changed the World, Women of the Raj, and Paris 1919, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize and was a New York Times Editors' Choice.

Author Residence: Oxford, England

Author Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Published June 17, 2009 by Modern Library. 208 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Maragret MacMillan directs her most cogent criticism at the particular kind of historically constructed identity that is nationalism.

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She is the author of several works of history, including the award-winning Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World ( 4 of 5 Stars Mar/Apr 2003), a fascinating analysis of the fateful months following World War I, and Nixon and Mao: The Week That changed the World ( 4 of 5 Stars May/June 2007).

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