The Narratives of Betrayal That Shape Politics

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Death of Julius Caesar, 1805-1806, by Vincenzo Camuccini (1771-1844), oil on canvas, 400x707 cm.

Mark Lilla, professor of the humanities at Columbia University and author of the forthcoming, The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction (New York Review Books, 2016), helps us understand the enduring power of historical narratives of betrayal to shape political outlooks, from modern day Russia to the rise of radical Islam.