Introduction: Seeing the world with the past. A call to historians and policymakers

Holbrook, Carolyn, Megarrity, Lyndon, and Lowe, David (2022) Introduction: Seeing the world with the past. A call to historians and policymakers. In: Holbrook, Carolyn, Megarrity, Lyndon, and Lowe, David, (eds.) Lessons from History Leading historians tackle Australia’s greatest challenges. NewSouth, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 1-7.

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[Extract] ‘Seeing the world without the past would be like visiting a city after a devastating hurricane and declaring that the people there have always lived in ruins’, wrote the American historian Steven Stoll in his 2017 study of Appalachia.1 Stoll’s observation evocatively describes the belief that motivated us – a group of concerned academic historians – to write this book. Today, the world appears more volatile than it has been for many decades and our problems more intractable. Besides our descent into irreversible climate change, there is the threat of major conflict between the West and Russia and China, and the unthinkable truth that the United States might soon no longer be a democracy. Our politicians and policymakers need at their disposal the best information in order to make decisions of untold consequence. This includes a sound knowledge of history. Politicians and policymakers must see the world with the past.

Item ID: 75843
Item Type: Book Chapter (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 9781742239323
Copyright Information: © Carolyn Holbrook, Lyndon Megarrity & David Lowe 2022.
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2022 23:24
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 100%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology @ 100%
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