The Historian-King: Political Leaders, Historical Consciousness, and Wise Governmentde Baets, A., 30-Apr-2019, The Engaged Historian: Perspectives on the Intersections of Politics, Activism and the Historical Profession. Berger, S. (ed.). 1 ed. New York / Oxford: Berghahn, p. 79-117 39 p. (Making Sens of History; vol. 37).
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Are political leaders known for their distinct historical consciousness wiser than others? And are rulers famous for their wisdom notable for their historical consciousness? To answer these questions, I identify political leaders with a distinct historical consciousness and, within this group, those with a reputation for wisdom – in practice, Nobel Peace Prize laureates and nominees. Several leaders, including Wilson, Masaryk, Nehru, and Gorbachev, are scrutinized from various angles. Just as the ideal of the philosopher-king is unreachable, I conclude, so is the ideal of the historian-king.
|Title of host publication||The Engaged Historian|
|Subtitle of host publication||Perspectives on the Intersections of Politics, Activism and the Historical Profession|
|Place of Publication||New York / Oxford|
|Number of pages||39|
|Publication status||Published - 30-Apr-2019|
|Name||Making Sens of History|
- age, hindsight bias, historian-king, historical consciousness, moral judgment, Nobel peace prize, philosopher-king, political leader, political wisdom