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The past doesn’t tell easy stories about the west

14 mins | Jun 26, 2021
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Why the instrumental use of history needs to end. Mateusz Fafinski — a historian of late antiquity and the Middle Ages — argues that academic and political searches for cultural lessons in historical data often go wrong. Here, he reveals why diving into the past searching for coherent patterns is often used to feed into populist narratives.
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