“Most history is guessing, and the rest is prejudice.”

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The Lesson of History is a great book that distills the themes and lessons observed from 5,000 years of world history. The book is by the Husband and Wife pair of  William and Ariel Durant, historians and winners of the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for their 11-volume book, The Story of Civilization.

 The major lesson of history, according to the Durants: Human Nature has not really changed, but Human behavior has evolved. The Lessons learned from history were examined from 12 perspectives:

  • geography, biology, race, character, morals, religion, economics, socialism, government, war, growth and decay, and progress.

Here are my favourite takeaways from reading, The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant.

“The present is the past rolled up for action, and the past is the present unrolled for understanding”