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Brendan Simms, Peter Ricketts etc

Past and present : to learn from history

History, the collective experience of Mankind, teaches us about the present and the future. How do we look at events of the past? Do they help to solve our present political or economical conditions and conflicts? The essays in this anthology derive from the Engelsberg Seminar in 2019 that dealt with these questions. From perspectives as varied as the History of Ideas, Evolutionary Psychology, and Ideologies amongst others the writers apply history to today s concerns such as International Relations, Geopolitics, Economics, and the role of the individual and human nature in history. Perhaps it is only through applied history that we can find our way forward.

  • ISBN: 9789189069343
  • Published: 2020-09-30
  • Illustrated. 178x249x34 mm. 376 pages.


Kurt Almqvist is CEO at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.

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


Andrew Monaghan is a researcher and analyst in the field of international politics.

Brendan Simms obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he is a fellow of Peterhouse and director of the Centre for Geopolitics.
Christopher Coker is director of LSE IDEAS, a foreign policy think tank at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Cory J. Clark acquired her PhD in social and personality psychology from the University of California, Irvine.

Elisabeth Kendall is senior research fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Pembroke College, Oxford.

Erica Benner is a political philosopher who has held academic posts at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford; the London School of Economics and Yale University.

Fraser Nelson is a leading British journalist and commentator.

Gudrun Persson is Associate Professor at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Stockholm University.

Iain Martin is a British political commentator and author.

Janne Haaland Matláry is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Command and Staff College.

John Bew


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

Jonathan Fenby is chairman of the China team at the TSLombard research group.

Josef Joffe obtained his PhD in government from Harvard University, and is now a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Michael Burleigh was the Engelsberg Chair Professor of History and International Affairs 2019/20 at the LSE IDEAS foreign policy think tank, connected to the London School of Economics.

Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Peter Ricketts is Visiting Professor at King’s College London.

Rana Mitter, OBE FBA, is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, and a fellow of St Cross College, at the University of Oxford.

Rob Johnson is the senior research fellow of Pembroke College, associate of the Department of Politics and International Relations and director of the Oxford Changing Character of War Centre, at the University of Oxford.

Vernon Bogdanor is Research Professor at the Centre for British Politics and Government, at King's College London, and was formerly Professor of Government at Oxford University.

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