In this scenario, the only possible use for history would be passing judgement on dead white men who made all the rules we live under.
My post on this subject a few weeks ago attracted a number of scornful replies, so I hesitate to mention it again. Here goes anyway --
Mat Weiner, the director of AMC's "Mad Men" series, says his program isn't about people who lived in the early 1960s. Its about people who *happen* to have lived at that time. We're really no different from people of that era or any other in the past, so we're in no position to pass judgement.