20. The purpose of doing history: to create knowledge of the past or to inform where we are headed in the future?

Greg and Mike think about what the practice of history is for — whether or not it should have a purpose or destination, how it opens up or forecloses certain possibilities, and what historical ‘objectivity’ really consists of.

05. Democratic socialism and our understanding of history

The study of capitalism and socialism’s history begins with an extended consideration of what history is, and how it has been differently conceived over time—the history of history, which in some ways is also the history of capitalism. Greg and Mike explore this question to parse out the differences between a democratic socialist and capitalist perspective on history, to understand why it might be important to study history at all.