March 18, 2014

How History Textbooks Can Start Wars

Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

The Associated Press

When political leaders start rewriting the past, you should fear for the future. In Russia, Hungary, Japan and China, recent politically sponsored efforts to change history textbooks were warning signs of rising nationalism.

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