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" Any historian worth their salt should be aware of wars, conflicts, catastrophes. They happen. This is part of the panorama. "
" I first came across the Anders Army story by accident. When I first went to live in Oxford in the 1960s, I discovered that some of my close neighbours had been on the Anders trail. "
" A bad historian is even more dangerous than dead documentary wood. "
" There is a real danger of the United Kingdom breaking up. There is a loss of common identity. "
" One might have thought that 70 years was time enough to work out what really happened in 1939. It isn't the case. Misunderstandings and misinformation abound. "
" I first heard of General Anders and his army more than 50 years ago. I admired him then, and I admire him still; and I feel a special bond with the men, women and children whom he rescued from hunger, disease, and official abuse. Theirs is a story of endurance and fortitude that gives one faith in the human spirit. "
" The United Kingdom is not, and never has been, a nation state. "
" Winners of wars get a standing start in the post-war stakes of remembrance. "
" One of the few things that can be said for certain about Europe's prehistoric peoples is that they all came from somewhere else. "
" The Law and Justice government does not want a bunch of foreign historians to decide what goes on in 'their' museum. "
" Fifty years would seem to be time enough to prepare a definitive history of the Second World War. In an age of instant data-gathering, one might think that the historians could have arrived at a consensus for interpreting the main events of the war. In reality, no such consensus exists. "
" One of the problems in the Ukrainian crisis is that very few Westerners know their history, or if they know it, what they learn is what we call the Russian version of history. "
" It's unimaginable to meet a Pole or a German who does not know about the history of their country. But lots of English people don't know the difference between Britain and England. "
" For people familiar with Eastern Europe, Marci Shore's 'The Taste of Ashes' is, in spite of its subject matter, delicious. A professor at Yale with much experience in Eastern Europe, she writes with great sureness of touch, weaving personal recollections with intellectual commentary and ideas with emotions, including her own. "
" Young people have to learn in a cocoon filled with false optimism. Unlike their parents and grandparents, they grow up with very little sense of the pitiless passage of time. "
" I find myself sick to death, tired of arguing about details with people who don't know basic facts. "
" It's the historian's job not to ridicule the myths, but to show the difference between myth and reality. "
" I can just remember the blitz of Manchester, or perhaps my father's tales about the blitz of Manchester. I can remember the blackout, the powdered eggs, and the gas masks. But I think no British person should pretend that being resident in England could count as being in the thick of the action. "
" Every austerity measure that Cameron and George Osborne make is being presented in Scotland as the English starving us. "
" Europe's fragmentation puts the wider historical picture beyond reach. "
" The Euro Sceptics are the English National Party in disguise, and they have poor old David Cameron over a barrel. "
" The Russian myths of the Second World War are still intact. "
" The advance of standard English culture was less assisted by government policy than by the sheer weight, wealth, and number of England's well-established cultural institutions. "
" The Black Sea is Eastern Europe's counterpart to the Mediterranean. "
" None of Europe's modern nations are genuinely native. "
" Only by painting the great panorama of history, can the great history-reading public be entertained or satisfied. "
" It was in the 20th century that national sovereignty really ruled the roost, and the E.U. was formed to cure that. "
" At the end of the Roman Empire, in the Byzantine period, the empire shrinks and shrinks until it consists of one city, Constantinople, and the Ottoman Turks can encircle it. "
" It's our vanity that makes us think that what forms part of our world today must be stable and secure. "
" In the years of the Red Terror that followed the Bolshevik Revolution, the voice of dissent was stifled by universal denunciations, house searches, and preventive arrests. "
" In 1945, when the Second World War technically ends in Poland, the incoming Soviet army liberates some groups of people but begins to oppress the general population, in some ways more harshly than it had happened before. "