What is the meaning of the phrase "as per history's mandate"?

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    Where did you see this used? Nov 19 at 13:04
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    It's probably the common metaphorical usage of "mandate", but without more context it's hard to provide much information. Have you tried dictionaries? Which word are you having trouble with?
    – Stuart F
    Nov 19 at 13:48
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    having the mission or authority to behave a certain way: it's a metaphor.
    – Lambie
    Nov 19 at 14:52
  • I imagine (but don't know) metaphorical "history's mandate" is like Magistra Vitae - Latin for "Life's teacher", and the old adage Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. In which context, the "job, role, commission, mandate" of History is to make sure it reminds humanity of our past mistakes, so that hopefully we can learn from them. But that's only my guess; I can't find a trustworthy definition, and I don't understand why the question was closed. Nov 19 at 17:08
  • ...the term occurs many times in Google Books, so it's far from unknown. Nov 19 at 17:09


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