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History is used to justify religious movements and political campaigns alike. The manipulation of history is increasingly pervasive in today´s world. Dictators may suppress history because it undermines their ideas, agendas, or claims to absolute authority. Nationalists may tell false, one-sided, or misleading stories about the past. Political leaders might mobilize their people by telling lies. Adolf Hitler, for instance, blamed the Jews for Germany´s humiliation at Versailles and its defeat in World War I. It is imperative that we have an understanding of the past and avoid the all-too-common traps in thinking to which many fall prey-as MacMillan skillfully illuminates. This work will compel us to examine history anew, including our own understanding of it, and our own closely held beliefs.