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Posted on 12 May 2013 20:56:17 BDT
P. C. Owen says:
The winners write history; sometimes before they've won. Children benefit because they become aligned with the winners easing their transition into society. Most colonial elites immediately rewrote history to turn their struggle for power against other groups in the country into a liberation struggle against the British, who in general were leaving anyway because Empires in the style of the late 19th Century are expensive. See Pakistan or Kenya for particularly good examples.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2013 21:03:17 BDT
Spin says:
PC; Indeed. But you are talking of written, political history; a subject that attracts most people. Not many are interested in the history f architecture or cottage industry... "History" is wide field of study encompassing every aspect of life, not just the major events in the worlds political arena. Teaching children history teaches them to isolate, question, research and conclude. But to "grab their attention" we teach them the exciting aspects of world history; only in later years do we find ourselves attracted to a particular subject such that our interest demands our knowledge of its history as well as its current theory and practice.

Posted on 12 May 2013 21:16:18 BDT
P. C. Owen says:
And indeed, there is the story of a particular spin on history as opposed to understanding what is the evidence for history, which can be all around one.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2013 21:21:44 BDT
Spin says:
PC; History is always being re-interpreted and re-written. Because of the non-existence of the past, so to speak, our knowledge of the past, and thus our knowledge of ourselves, can only progress in stages; stages which are developed from our knowledge of what might be a false view of the past, but an essential intellectual endeavour without which we would never get to the truth behind historical events and practices.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 13:41:12 BDT
Charlieost says:
So this post is an attempt to educate yourself Simon. Fair play to you.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013 13:43:18 BDT
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Charlieost says:
Hi PC. Ireland being a particular bad example since the Brits in power like that ballax Churchill did all they could to cling on.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2013 09:51:05 BDT
Pipkin says:
Hi Pc,
As you say winners always write history. **Most colonial elites immediately rewrote history to turn their struggle for power against other groups in the country into a liberation struggle against the British, who in general were leaving anyway**
I agree totally, that the British 'Crown' left: but not before ensuring that all their business interests were secured?
Non the less, without the writing, reading and knowledge of History, we wouldn't know where we came from, how we got to where we are now, and be able to make better choices for the future. Sadly I believe that successive Government's have written off vast swathes of people, when making their choices. (Not just ours) They are not even factored into their equations, as they calculate first and foremost, what is in it for them only.
That is why we are in such a mess at the moment. imo.
All of History is vitally important... not just our own... if we are to fully understand the rest of the people we inhabit this world with, and achieve any sort of peace.
regards,
Margaret.

Posted on 14 May 2013 19:18:24 BDT
I am no expert on history, (are there many). But it seems that they are all written to flatter a point that wasn't really significant to those at the time. To give it resonance to a more modern audience. That a particular battle was a defining point in the creation of a true democracy, or vital stand against fascism. These are all a little depressing. From a British perspective, the Spanish Armada, or the Gunpowder plot are significant event (from a modern person). But I imagine at the time they were just another sad little event of religious intolerance. Each/Every country has their favourite moment of history, breaking free from colonial power, or exercising military might that is viewed as a defining moment. However, I imagine that all of them were tainted with rather more realpolitik, and the result of party in fighting.
The French were trying to keep England from interfering in European wars, and so decided to stir up trouble in the colonies. But does this part of history receive it's due.
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