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Classics of Applied History

The admonition that we should learn from history is well known. But what does that actually mean? Advocates of applied history argue that historical studies can be used in practice and provide guidance for the future. Decision-makers and political leaders can gain perspective, find clues to where a trend could lead, and assess what consequences an action could have. But the growing popularity of applied history obscures the fact that ever since Ancient Greece, historians have analysed the big political, economic and military issues from similar perspectives and approaches. Each generation of historians has developed their research based on previous ideas and knowledge, with the goal of understanding their own era by studying the past. Classics of Applied History takes a broad and ambitious approach to how historical knowledge is created, taught and used in different periods. A wide range of texts are presented in the book, which together create an overview of, as well as insight into, this always topical subject.

  • ISBN: 9789189425064
  • Published: 2022-09-01
  • Graphic design: Patric Leo
  • 250 pages.

Editors

Andrew Ehrhardt is an Ax:son Johnson Institute postdoctoral fellow at the Henry Kissinger Center at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. He was earlier an Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

John Bew

Editor

John Bew is Professor of History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King’s College London.

Mattias Hessérus is a historian and Director of Civilisation Studies at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

Authors

Andrew Ehrhardt is an Ax:son Johnson Institute postdoctoral fellow at the Henry Kissinger Center at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. He was earlier an Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

Benjamin F. Shambaugh (1871–1940) was an American historian, and professor of political science at the University of Iowa.

Herbert Butterfield (1900–1979) was a British historian and Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge.

J.B. Bury (1861–1927) was a classical scholar and historian who wrote several books on theory and philosophy of history, Ancient Greece and Byzantine history among other topics.

Johann Gustav Droysen (1808–1884) was a German historian.

Lord Acton (1834–1902) was a liberal historian, politician, and philosopher of resistance to the state.

Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia.

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