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If I ruled the world

History is a tragic muse for rulers—we should teach more of it

By Simon Schama   September 2013

Simon Schama: “when you’re a historian, you really oughtn’t to be knocking on the doors of power; your job is to keep the powerful awake at night.” (© Richard Saker/ Rex Features)

I am not the stuff of which rule is made. The nearest I ever got to supreme power was when I was Vice President of the American branch of Pen, the writers’ organisation, and I was asked whether I’d think about becoming President. The truth is that President Schama didn’t strike me as anything to be taken…

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