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    Why Do So Many People Angrily Condemn Historical Revisionism?

    ... When people are offended or otherwise greatly displeased by historical analysis, they often employ the term “historical revisionism” as a synonym for falsified, distorted, or doctored accounts that fly in the face of what they, their history teachers, and perhaps even the most respected university historians believe to have been the case. The irony of such use of the term “historical revision,” which makes it practically a swear word, is that revisionism is and always has been an integral part of historical research and writing.
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    I would say that all history is revisionist, new perspectives lead to the finding of new data which forms new conclusions. Revisionism is part of the process. When I have had people accuse me of revisionism I always point out if it were not for revisionism then there would be no need for their to be historians at all. But that maybe the desire of those against revisionism, to sever a people form understanding their past.
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    History is written by the Conquerors. After a major event, like wars, the conquerors wrote from their prospective. The losers opinions are drowned out. Later on, when archaeologists dig through the layers of history, we sometimes find out what was written, was not entirely the truth. I have no problem if history changes, as long as there is proof and not opinion.

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    It all comes down to the veracity of the source. There are lots of sources of so called historical 'FACT' which I would condemn as being unreliable or biased at best.

    He who controls the release of information decides what information to release. Anybody with a contrary stance is often subject to ridicule and suppression.

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    That pretty much sums it up, that history is written by the victors, and the last thing the victors want (as well as their descendants after them), is for the actions of their predecessors to be proven wrong, even when evidence clearly states the contrary.

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    Case in point, look at North Korea. Since the Korean War, their history has been written by their nitwit leaders. Most people in North Korea believe that Kim Jung Il was basically a God to their people. Whenever they come over from the dark side and rejoin humanity, it's people will be dumbstruck and most will probably refuse the true history of life and will lock themselves in their homes with their fingers in their ears going nah, nah, nah. People are so ingrained with what they are taught, it is hard to change. Like I said, I'm willing to change my thought with facts and not opinion. Just because someone writes a book, with no facts, doesn't mean their opinion is correct.

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    The boo-word revisionist is only applied to those who revise the wrong things

    For example, anyone disputing that 6 million Jews were gassed (as ridiculous as this claim is!) will be dismissed as a 'revisionist' and quite possibly punished as a result. On the other hand, the death toll for Dresden - initially thought to have been as high as 250,000 - has now been whittled down to a mere 18,000 as a result of some serious historical analysis which (although very similar) in fact has nothing to do with revisionism.

    I hope this clears up any confusion

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    Indeed, it is a shame that the term "revision" has become associated with the anti-Politically Correct version of history.


    The sooner that people realize the PC and anti-PC versions of history are simply 'two sides of the same coin', the sooner history can be revised to a factual and objective state.
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    On a related note, I've also observed that any degenerate liberal or rabid Marxist who spouts complete nonsense on a regular basis will be referred to as a 'left-wing intellectual'. In fact, the more stupidly outrageous things they say, the more they will be endorsed by the media and (what passes for) 'academia'.

    However, I've never yet heard of anyone being referred to as a 'right-wing intellectual' so it's obviously been ordained by today's ruling elite that such people cannot exist and, should they appear, are simply not to be acknowledged!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godwinson View Post
    so it's obviously been ordained by today's ruling elite that such people cannot exist and, should they appear, are simply not to be acknowledged!
    It starts in schools. Not only was my my A level Politics syllabus highly biased, but the leftist teacher repeatedly suggested that there were no great conservative intellectuals and that conservative types were stupid.

    So my Marxist education began....

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