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This is a very vague request. However, if you need to write about the divine or fate with respect to history, you may want to begin by addressing whether people actually even believe in these concepts. As you know, not everyone believes in some higher power or the impersonal idea of fate.
Another approach can be to examine how the idea of the divine or fate affects people, who, in turn, effect society and history. For example, you can look at Weber's famous thesis that Protestantism lead to capitalism. Of course, Protestants did not set out to create capitalism, but it was a partly created out of their religious convictions. In this sense, religion or the idea of the divine has a very direct effect on history.
I would like to have more information about what you intend to write about and how you intend to connect art and politics to fate and the divine. These four things don't seem very connected: art, politics, fate, divine.
Depending on your world view, fate could be viewed as the antithesis to the divine. If one believes in the divine, then the idea of fate or destiny over which one has no control usually is not part of one's philosophy. If one has an existential view of the divine (God may be there, but he doesn't care; he created man and then left him on his own), then fate can come into play more readily. Applying fate to politics opens up all sorts of possibilities, that is why more information is needed on your question. Was it the fate of the Kennedy family, for example, to be involved in politics? Is it the fate of the United States to be the world's policeman? Is it the fate of dictators to be overthrown? Or, with the divine, in history, kings and queens (especially in European history) believed it was their "divine right" to reign. They believed that God chose them and their families to be kings. That is why the idea of revolution was so odious to many - overthrowing the king or queen was going against God. So in this sense, the divine has impacted politics.
In the field of art, a belief in the divine has been responsible for much beauty. The wonderful art of the Renaissance often had religious themes. The beautiful architecture from the Middle Ages and beyond was used to glorify God in the magnificent cathedrals built all over the world.
How are you going to connect art and politics? Some philosophers argue that politics is an art. Also, there is a movement in theatre called political theatre - this connects the arts with politics. There is a school whose mission it is to connect "the arts in society and their relationship to the sociopolitical climate in which they are created" (see the link for The New School below). And then, there is the Marxist theory, expressed by Leon Trotsky, that "Every new tendency in art has begun with rebellion" (see the link below).
Please give more specific information if this does not help. I have noticed that there are a lot of blogs entitled "art and politics" so perhaps you could do a search on your own to see what those ideas are.
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