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Growing interest in the work of this Spanish-born American philosopher has prompted this new edition, complete with a new preface by the author, reassessing his own ideas about Santayana. Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. Show More Show Less. Any Condition Any Condition.
No ratings or reviews yet. Be the first to write a review. Best Selling in Nonfiction See all. The phrasing itself certainly is catchy. It's a big one, not only because it is so common, but also because if it is true and if history, driven by human nature, is ugly hint: it is , then this saying ought to guide our public and private policy.
The sentiment that history repeats aspires to common sense and is hard to disagree with. In the history of the United States and Europe , wars have ended with confiscatory terms of government surrender inevitably breeding more wars.
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Revolutions, like those in France and Russia, that gave an individual absolute power—Napoleon and Stalin, respectively—inevitably end up as failed empires brutal dictatorships. Even individuals are subject to this advice. Couples who do not learn from their fights break up. In the 21st century, specific events in Syria have proven a repeated lessons about civil wars , like the Vietnam war, that when great powers intervene to fight proxy battles, conflict becomes protracted.
Incidentally, when Abraham Lincoln governed during the American Civil War , he recognized it was essential to keep out foreign powers like Britain and France. After repeated 19th century wars between Germany and France , France still demanded that confiscatory terms of surrender be imposed on Germany after the 20th century's First World War.
Then the Second World War happened. Then rose The Taliban and Al Qaeda. A Castro still holds a seat of dictatorial power in Cuba.