Edward Gibbon - a historian of the Roman Empire - claimed that history "...is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind."
This is quite true, as history books don't deal much with times of peace and calm, as there is not much to report and would make for pretty dull reading.
Frantisek78, I do realise a lot of history books, modern media, and even fictional shows dwell a lot on the violence, death tolls and the truly inhumane. I think this is done to understand what went wrong. However whilst we are constantly focusing on the terrible, it brings us down and desensitizes.
Although I am constantly surprised at stories of courage and hope that come out through those times.
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