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Single Idea 20253

[catalogued under 25. Society / E. State Functions / 5. War]

Full Idea

The great wars of our day are the effects of the study of history.

Gist of Idea

Modern wars arise from the study of history


Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 180)

A Reaction

The Prussians reacted to Napoleon. The Nazis reacted to Versailles. But now the study of history reveals to us dreadful wars based on simplistic accounts of history. Be wise about history, not ignorant of it.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.130