The Last Word

(Canscene) From Margaret Macmillan’s Introduction to The Uses and Abuses of History

How can we understand the often passionate feelings of French  nationalists in Quebec if we do not know something about the past that has shaped and continues to shape them? Or the mixture of resentment and pride that formerly poor provinces such as Alberta and Newfoundland feel toward central Canada now that they have struck oil? […]How can we understand the deep hostility between Palestinians and Israelis without knowing something of their tragic conflicts?

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