Two Harvard scholars say the next U.S. president should recruit a team of top historians to help make major decisions.

Professors Graham Allison and Niall Ferguson say leaders from the Republican and Democratic parties know alarmingly little about history, both of their own country and of others. They're calling on the next U.S. president to create a Council of Historical Advisers that would tackle present problems by looking to the past.

The scholars say the council could glean lessons from the past to help address issues ranging from terrorism to the economy.

Campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did not immediately say whether they support the idea.

Some critics question whether academics could keep up with the pace of the White House, or if the president would listen to their advice.