The Lessons Of History

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The Lessons Of History

By Michael Howard
Yale University Press, 1991
217 pp. $27.50
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Essays by the former Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, now at Yale, who has written some of the most brilliant studies of military history, always embedded in the general history and culture of a given time and endowed with a deeply informed empathy. These elegant essays, many of which deal with the conflicts, military and ideological, of our century are marked by wisdom and insight and have, by intent, an immediate relevance for anyone pondering the political problems of the present. Howard has a very clear view of the historian's task, and this, too, is explicated and exemplified in these pages.