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Wisdom Letter #131 | Lessons from History
“History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” — Mark Twain
We’re too close to the Ukraine crisis right now to draw any substantial lessons from it.
New events are unfolding every day, and it’s easy to get caught up in the daily news cycle, while still not being able to learn anything significant.
That’s why we thought this was a good time to try to learn from history as much as we can - Past conflicts, wars, and shifts in the global order.
Last week we discussed the basic details of the Ukraine crisis.
Today we’re bringing a curation of 3 videos that will help you get a better sense of the current crisis as well as the larger geopolitical changes happening in the world right now.
Hello and welcome to The Wisdom Project, this is Wisdom Letter #131 - How History Rhymes 🧑🏫
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#1 The History of Ukraine
Ukraine isn’t new to conflict and war. It’s been at the center of the tension between Russia and the west before as well.
This video 8-minute video from January 2022 explains the situation well👇
Why Russia wants Ukraine
PS: This 8-year-old video made during the Crimean conflict is eerily relevant even today - Understanding Ukraine: The Problems Today and Some Historical Context
Yea, history rhymes 🤷♂️
#2 The History of the Cold War
Much of the tension today between Russia and the USA is reminiscent of the cold war days.
This is a good summary of the cold war explained through maps👇
The Cold War - Summary on a Map
What we see over the next few years might be a repeat (rhyme) of the cold war years.
#3 Changing World Orders
The world order has changed multiple times in human history.
And the patterns that we are witnessing today are repetitions of the patterns observed over the centuries gone by.
Ray Dalio does a tremendous job of capturing these patterns in this video -
Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order
The standout comment for this video is this👇
Indeed, we are privileged to be living in the times we are.
Enjoy the video, it’s 43 minutes of pure gold 💎
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