Top 9 Adam Hochschild Quotes of 2020

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“Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short.”

― Adam Hochschild

“For the better part of two centuries, outsiders have been offering explanations that range from racist to learned-sounding – the supposed inferiority of blacks, the heritage of slavery, overpopulation – for why Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.”

― Adam Hochschild

“No international court can ever substitute for a working national justice system. Or for a society at peace.”

― Adam Hochschild

“I think the tradition of well-written history hasn’t been squashed out of the academic world as much in Britain as it has in the United States.”

― Adam Hochschild

“I think that, in almost all human beings, there is buried a profound tribal instinct that makes us very susceptible to being aroused to patriotic fervour.”

― Adam Hochschild

“Newt Gingrich seldom misses a chance to note that he is a historian.”

― Adam Hochschild

“As the First World War made painfully clear, when politicians and generals lead nations into war, they almost invariably assume swift victory, and have a remarkably enduring tendency not to foresee problems that, in hindsight, seem obvious.”

― Adam Hochschild

“Someday, I have no doubt, the dead from today’s wars will be seen with a similar sense of sorrow at needless loss and folly as those millions of men who lie in the cemeteries of France and Belgium – and tens of millions of Americans will feel a similar revulsion for the politicians and generals who were so spendthrift with others’ lives.”

― Adam Hochschild

“The first World War in so many ways shaped the 20th century and really remade our world for the worse.”

― Adam Hochschild
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