Friday, January 30, 2015

History of Big History

Apparently Tony Blair said in 2003, apropos of invading Iraq, “There never has been a time when . . . except in the most general sense, a study of history provides so little instruction for our present day.”

Happily nobody believes anything Tony Blair says any more. 

British historian David Reynolds reflects on the campaign for Big History, the return of the longue durée, historical work that aspires to influence public policy, and the usefulness of knowing where things came from.

Photo (hard to believe it ain't faked!): New Statesman

Update, January 31:  Mark Reynolds  (no relation, I presume) informs that the photo is indeed a fake of sorts -- a montage done for an art exhibit.
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