Past Mistakes

"Whatever the genuine lessons of history, policymakers constantly make opportunistic use of the past to justify their decisions. Matthew Reisz introduces a team of historians who are fighting back against the 'Bad History' all around us. Like everybody else, historians disagree violently about "the lessons of history". Some think there aren't any. And even among those who believe that the past is clearly relevant to the present, many are scrupulous about letting other people draw…