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“Study history,” said Winston Churchill, “in history can be found all the secrets of statecraft!”
No less a light than Britain’s most famous first minister has, in the quote above, told us how to shore up critical thinking in general and in regard to public issues in particular. Perhaps we can even expand on his central idea. Study history, for in history can be found all the secrets of statecraft as well as all the analytical tools.
Statesman Debate, for its part, makes the deliberate choice of harvesting 4000 years of relevant history. Thus we turn to all of recorded western history for insights and tools. Even aspects of ancient near eastern history are part of our arsenal.
How do we convey this amount of time efficiently and economically? There is a very powerful tool that enables us to convey the meat and essence of it all. And we’ll show you how to use it too!
Churchill inspects the ruins of Coventry Cathedral, 1941. Photo care of the UK Imperial War Museum.