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The Problem with History

To consider when thinking about history
by

Krisztina E. Lengyel Almos

on 9 August 2016

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Transcript of The Problem with History

And finally..
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The Problem With History
Photo based on: 'horizon' by pierreyves @ flickr
The government (or authority) in power issues and reviews past events, history books, etc., which reflect their point of view.
1. It´s analyzed in....
RETROSPECT
3. It´s
biased
...
Always check various sources!
Check Alternative sources (the opposition´s sources)
Suggestions:
....follow the events & check
their interpretation later again!
THEY MIGHT HAVE CHANGED!

when we are in the middle of the events, we don´t know yet if those events will be important later (the wave-effect: a small wave is coming or a tsunami?)
INTERPRETATION -PROBLEM
2.
Data -collection
problem
Many times no reliable data is available (lost, perished, not counted), or it may be manipulated by the winner/ruling class.
Is it a demonstration or revolution?
Often, facts are too harsh to face the reality & truth, so they might have been hidden.
Apply critical thinking
& common sense
Question the offical standpoint
Look for the underlying reason (political and/or monetary)
and one more thing...
try not to fall for stereotypes...
by mixing up
the
people of a nation
with
its current government
& its policies
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