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March 30, 2007

Who wrote the history books?

You may think you're used to hearing about this kind of tripe being taught in schools, but every once in a while it just hits you all over again.

"If the story of the hunt were told by the lion, what a different story it would be," Tingle said. "And that saying applies to human culture. ... When you win the war, you get to write the history books about the war, in [your] language, with [your] heroes. That's how it works."

And that, kiddies, is why your parents and brothers and sisters are shelling out their cash to see a film that glorifies those magnificent Persians and the way they wiped out some pathetic little bunch of Greek losers whose names no one even remembers anymore.

Oh, wait.

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Jason Taylor

Actually the Athenians tell the story of the Peloponisian War which was(more or less) won by the Spartans. And we know the Eastern Front of World War II more from the Germans then the Russians. The descriptions of the Mongols come mostly from their enemies.
History is not "written by the winners". It is written by those who write.

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