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History is a weapon. The powerful have their version. The people have another. And if we understand how the past was made, we arm ourselves to change the future.
This is the history of human society: of hominids, hunters, and herders; of emperors and slaves; of lords and peasants; of patriarchs and women; of rich and poor; of dictators and revolutionaries. From the ancient empires of Persia, Rome, and China to the Russian Revolution, the Vietnam War, and the 2008 Crash, this is a history of greed and violence, but also of solidarity and resistance.
Many times in the past, a different society became an absolute necessity. Humans have always struggled to create a better life. They must do so again today. This is a history to prove that we, the many, have the power to change the world.
Neil Faulkner is a leading historian, archaeologist, and political thinker. The director of major field projects, he is also author of numerous books, including A Radical History of the World (Pluto, 2018), A People's History of the Russian Revolution (Pluto, 2017), and Lawrence of Arabia's War (Yale, 2016). He appears regularly on TV and was a lead consultant on Sky Atlantic's The British.