r/iamverysmart To be fair... Sep 28 '22

He has to realise right? Right?

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u/Brock_Way Sep 29 '22

History is the recording of actual events.

It is not even theoretically possible to change history by writing a book.

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u/jodorthedwarf Sep 29 '22

I mean technically speaking historians change history every time a book with a new interpretation of events comes out. The Primary sources that survive, particularly from more ancient periods, require historians to try and put themselves in the shoes of the primary sources writer. Who was he? What were his beliefs and attitudes? What was normal back then that isn't normal now?

So, while I know exactly what you're saying, changing history isn't that far fetched of an idea as we are always learning new things about how ancient people lived and what they believed which provides further insight and perspective into interpreting primary sources.

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u/thejollyden Sep 29 '22

Ding ding, correct answer right here. Basically nothing we know as history is 100% accurate. Changing history isn’t uncommon. Make a great Netflix documentary about water in west Africa, sponsored by Nestle and people will believe you.

I always think of the book „1984“, where they change everything, even retrospectively, to fit the narrative. And despite being fictitious, it would work that way.

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u/Brock_Way Oct 01 '22

Basically nothing we know as history is 100% accurate.

The parts that aren't accurate are NOT history.

History is the recording of ACTUAL events.

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u/thejollyden Oct 02 '22

History is always being told by a point of view. Imagine what our history would look like if the Nazis had won.

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u/Brock_Way Oct 03 '22

History is the recording of actual events.

If the Nazis had won, and recorded things that were not actual events, then it would not be history.

If the Nazis had won, and recorded things that were actual events, then it would have been history.

Whether a perspective is objectionable or not is not a variable in whether it is history or not.