Is history "more or less bunk," as Henry Ford maintained? Many Americans think so. "In current American usage," observes Princeton scholar Bernard Lewis, "the phrase 'that's history' is commonly used to dismiss something as unimportant, of no relevance to current concerns." This is not so elsewhere in the world. Rising Asian titans such as China and India are scrutinizing U.S. diplomatic and military history for relevant lessons. "That's history" means something different in Beijing or New Delhi than in Washington or New York.
An Indian Monroe Doctrine. But What Kind?
Indian leaders speak of following their own Monroe Doctrine, but rarely provide specifics. Two possible directions for India are based on James Monroe and Theodore Roosevelt.
By James R. Holmes