I was repeatedly told, when I was an undergraduate, that we could learn nothing from history. This was a recurrent feature of the Oxford history faculty back in the 1980s. Oh, no, how vulgar, only journalists do that. We are far too grand to learn from history. What a kind of petty bourgeois thing to want to do. — Niall Ferguson, in a conversation with Will Self
Well, I feel a little bit vindicated by the Oxford history faculty from the 1980s.