while it is often looked down on by scholars of history to predict the future, it is often helpful to look at past lessons and, rather than predict events that haven’t yet happened, explore the inherent causes and factors to prevent disasters. what is meant here by the study of future history is not an academic exercise analogous to crystal balls and tea leaves. it is simply the exploration of why the past occurred and how closely modern events are linked to a similar potential outcome. can we prevent another world war? another holocaust? another great depression? perhaps. but we certainly won’t if we play ostrich and keep our heads in the sand of history-for-history’s-sake as if it was a movie with no relationship to the modern world.
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