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History man May 27, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Got to be honest, I was a bit surprised by the names of some of the British historians supporting the Remain camp in a letter to the Guardian. Okay, some you’d expect, Ian Kershaw, Juliet Gardiner. But Niall Ferguson?

Ferguson used a speech at the Downing Street event to criticise the nostalgic arguments for Brexit, which suggest plucky Britain can stand alone, describing them as a “classic example of scissors and paste history, clipped from the pages of Our Island Story”.

And:

He said: “The lesson of history is that British isolationism has often been associated with continental disintegration.”

He’s changed his tune a bit since this in 2004.

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