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Review of “The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft”

Walter Russell Mead of Foreign Affairs Magazine recently reviewed The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft, edited by Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Jeremi Suri and Duke University Assistant Professor Hal Brands. Additional Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars Mark Lawrence and H.W. Brands are contributors to the book which addresses a large and growing gap between policymakers and professional historians.

The authors recommend that historians should engage with the needs of policymakers, providing useful knowledge, while policymakers should in turn strive to develop a historical sensibility in crafting policy. Mead finds their arguments “strong and stimulating” and asserts that the book is commendable and deserves a close read.

The full review is available here.