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Today: Are historical comparisons useful?

February 12th, 2015

Episode 133 of 1744 episodes

The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France took part in talks in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, last night to try to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Senator John McCain reportedly compared the initiative to the Munich Agreement in 1938 “History shows us that dictators will always take more if you let them,”. “They will not be dissuaded from their brutal behaviour when you fly to meet them to Moscow – just as leaders once flew to Munich.” How helpful are historical comparisons in dealing with the Ukraine crisis? Edward Lucas is the author of "The New Cold War" and Christopher Clark is Regis Professor of History at Cambridge University and author of "The Sleepwalkers, How Europe Went to War in 1914".

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