Doomed to Repeat: The Lessons of History We've Failed to Learn
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“Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.” And so we have. Time and again, mankind has faced down problems, but have often failed to take the hard-earned knowledge into the next battle.
Doomed to Repeat is a collection of essays, edited by Bill Fawcett, that illuminates some of the problems we've faced repeatedly throughout history, including Islamic jihad, terrorism, military insurgencies, inflation and the devaluation of currency, financial disasters, ecological collapses, radical political minorities like the Nazis and Bolsheviks, and pandemics and epidemics like the Black Death.
With more than 35 chapters of the Groundhog Days of world history, both infamous and obscure, Doomed to Repeat: The Lessons of History We've Failed to Learn is chock-full of trivia, history, and fascinating looks at the world’s repeated mistakes.
Britain so dearly, and learns from what that country did right, it will bode well for a long and prosperous future. CHAPTER FOURTEEN America and the Roman Empire Great empires are not maintained by timidity. — TACITUS (56–117 CE), ROMAN SENATOR AND HISTORIAN If you have a family with wildly divergent political opinions, kick off the next reunion with this question: Is the United States a modern version of the Roman Empire? The neoconservative uncle will likely respond that the United
aggressively. This expansion was often at the cost of their neighbors or the former residents. Ask the American Indians, the Spanish, the Hawaiians, or the Mexicans about how the United States expanded. Rome, of course, conquered or intimidated the entire Mediterranean Basin and beyond. Rome saw it as both a necessity and a duty to bring Roman control and the Pax Romana to the entire world. Americans had a term for their right to control all of North America and more: Manifest Destiny. Both
others was long before it gave over. Their bodies outwardly to the touch were neither very hot nor pale but reddish, livid, and beflowered with little pimples and whelks, but so burned inwardly as not to endure any but the lightest clothes or linen garment to be upon them nor anything but mere nakedness, but rather most willingly to have cast themselves into the cold water. And many of them that were not looked to, possessed with insatiate thirst, ran unto the wells, and to drink much or little
became unemployed. This led to riots and even terrorist groups attacking the new factories. Unemployment can cause personal debt to soar. People have to rely on credit to pay for everyday necessities. Unemployment causes a big increase in bankruptcies. High unemployment destroys home values, making it difficult for you to relocate for another job or borrow against the value of your house when you need the money to pay for essentials. Less revenue for schools means the quality of your child’s
with no place to sell goods overseas, the workers who had made them were let go. Instead of protecting each country’s workers, these tariffs destroyed jobs in large numbers. Though it was not a primary reason for the depression, a severe drought from 1931 to 1936 in the Mississippi Delta devastated countless farmers. In the Great Plains, millions of acres of land became worthless in the “Dust Bowl,” as the drought there lasted until the fall of 1939. Families were forced to sell their farms to