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Why people should read/study History

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"Little thinking of the time was a process of reasoning from fact-buttressed premises to logical conclusions. Anyone who measures the political conduct of the fifties from such a premise is bound to be as confused as if he were a believer in Ptolemaic astronomy making careful observations of the Copernican heavens. The thinking was largely irrational, governed by subconscious memories, frustrated desires, and the distortions of politicians and editors."

 

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These stereotypes were steadily reinforced. Leaders on each side made frantic efforts to propagandize their own people.

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Tomorrow I'll provide the source. In the meantime what is the writer talking about?

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