You're a history nerd, and Big EA accepts your $10M grant application to open a para-academic history department.
What specializations do you look for for your first hires, what projects do you think provide the highest value of information?
I think an EA historian would write distillations and explainers of key macro trends, find beliefs about history that a lot of EAs share and redteam them, and search for new ideas in the historical record. But it's your para-department, you can use it however you like!
Go ahead and leave one discrete answer per project.
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