May 3, 2019 • 35M

Romanticizing History Can Be Worse Than Repeating It

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The cliche goes that those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. But history is more than just a memory and a lesson, sometimes it’s a tool and a weapon. Some pundits are concerned that historians in their ivory tower of academia are neglecting the study of war and policy in favor of identity politics, and in some cases shirking their role of educating the public in favor of an academic elitism that is mostly aimed producing work for themselves and their colleagues to consume.

Brian Laslie is the Deputy Command Historian at NORAD and United States Northern Command. He previously served as the Historian of the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base from December 2009 to August 2012. In 2011, he deployed as the Air Forces Central Command (Forward) Historian to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, from September 2011 to January 2012. It was while deployed that Brian wrote the majority of what would become his first book.

Brian’s views expressed here are his own and don’t reflect those of the United States government.

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