You have to liberate yourself first from the prejudices of the world in which you live.
All comparisons between America’s current place in the world and anything legitimately called an empire in the past reveal ignorance and confusion about any reasonable meaning of the concept empire, especially the comparison with the Roman Empire.
Without history we are the prisoners of the accident of where and when we were born.
History had its own way of explaining things. The way historians explain things is by telling a story.
Throughout the human experience people have read history because they felt that it was a pleasure and that it was in some way instructive. The profession of professor of history has taken it in a very different direction.
From the time I was a little boy I found myself reading history when I had a choice. I read a lot of things, but history had a special appeal for me.