Of course "history is a bit more complicated than that!" As someone has already pointed out on this page, Napoleon himself (might have) said something to the effect that history is "a series of lies on which we agree."
Or perhaps he (might have) said: "History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree on".
Or as the gospel according to Dan Brown (DaVinci Code) has it: "What is history, but a fable agreed upon?"
And while we're here, howsabout Ambrose Bierce: "History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools".
And then there's Stephen Colbert: "There's an old saying about those who forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good."
Perhaps best of all is Alan Bennett in The History Boys. The character Rudge says:
"How do I define history? It's just one flipping thing after another". Except he doesn't say "flipping".
So, yes indeed, history is a bit more complicated than that. Or is it.
"1000 Years Of Annoying The French" is a terrific book.
And so is "1000 Years of Quotes To Suit Every Occasion".