Setting the Record Straight – History & Politics Weekly Round-Up, October 23, 2015

“History” seems to be getting tested in the news lately. Our faculty and students have been discussing the way that many people seem to invoke “history” in justifying their own spin on political strategies and foreign policy. Here’s a couple of the stories we’ve been following lately that serve to set the record straight. How have you been using your historical tools to correct the news cycle lately?

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1. “A Lesson for Netanyahu from a Real Holocaust Historian” – Why the Israeli Prime Minister’s public announcements on Hitler’s past is all wrong

Trump-Jackson2. “Trump: Hail the Andrew Jackson of our Time” – Is Donald Trump’s political popularity repeating history?

3. “Files in Lawsuit Against CIA Stolen in ‘Disturbing’ University Break-in” – The trials and tribulations of preserving the true historical record.

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