Donald Kagan

Donald Kagan
Donald Kagan
  • Born: May 1, 1932
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Historian









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Men go to war for fear, honor or interest. War & Peace
Religion and the traditions based on it were once the chief sources for moral confidence and strength. Their influence has faded in the modern world, but the need for a sound base for moral judgments has not. If we cannot look simply to moral guidance firmly founded on religious precepts it is natural and reasonable to turn to history, the record of human experience, as a necessary supplement if not a substitute. History ;Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
All comparisons between America's current place in the world and anything legitimately called an empire in the past reveal ignorance and confusion about any reasonable meaning of the concept empire, especially the comparison with the Roman Empire.
From the time I was a little boy I found myself reading history when I had a choice. I read a lot of things, but history had a special appeal for me. Time ;History
History had its own way of explaining things. The way historians explain things is by telling a story. History
I can see that you are a true historian because you really always ought to ask that question about anybody at a different place or a different time: What's the same and what's different? Time
Throughout the human experience people have read history because they felt that it was a pleasure and that it was in some way instructive. The profession of professor of history has taken it in a very different direction. History
We, to some degree, are like what we are because we inherited certain things from the Greeks and the Romans. One of them that's so striking is the whole area of politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Without history we are the prisoners of the accident of where and when we were born. History
You have to liberate yourself first from the prejudices of the world in which you live.