Interview

Helen Parr

What will future generations judge us most harshly for? Complacency.

Matthew Sweet

‘What’s the most important lesson history has taught me? It’s not about you.’

Niall Ferguson.

‘What will future generations judge us most harshly for? Losing the Second Cold War to China.’

Emma Smith.

‘We can’t see our own blindspots, so, as we anatomise those of our predecessors, we perpetuate our own.’

Alexandra Wilson.

‘What’s the most important lesson history has taught me? That the same arguments come around again and again.’

‘I’d be disappointed if I didn’t meet Emperor Claudius in the afterlife.’

Moudhy Al-Rashid.

‘Humans change very little over time. We love, worry and hope today in much the same way as we did 5,000 years ago.’

Michael Scott.

‘The most common misconception about my field is that classicists study a past that no longer impacts on our world today.’

Helen McCarthy.

‘People can surprise you. They often don’t fit into the categories we impose on them.’

Emily Jones.

‘Ideas don’t do things; people do.’