Many practical lessons in history for Singapore

From forecasting to avoiding errors in geopolitical calculation, a proper study of history can be a good guide to the future

One of the things I like about living in Singapore is the optimism - the honest confidence that tomorrow will be better than today. There's a belief that everything can and will be remade, and remade better.

The contrast with present-day Europe could not be more stark. It's invigorating.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2019, with the headline 'Many practical lessons in history for Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe