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.
by loveofnight 5 years ago
Do you believe everything that you read in the history books?From time to time I hear someone say that history is not always accurate. That the books are written by imperfect men who want to give credit to themselves. What do you think?
by Reality Bytes 8 years ago
I know there are people from all over the globe participating on Hubpages. I am curious how we were taught the history of the world. Take for example,something vague. The Cold War.What were you taught about the Cold War? How did it begin why did escalate to such proportions? ...
by Paul Swendson 8 years ago
I am a community college history teacher, and I have found that it can be tricky to discuss recent historical events. It is difficult, after all, to know which recent events and trends will ultimately matter. So what do you think that future history books will discuss when covering 1990-2010?
by Mark Knowles 8 years ago
Little did I realize, but the Texas Board of Education, after managing to get irrational beliefs introduced into the science classroom, by allowing critiques of evolution by non-scientists who believe an invisible super being created the earth in 6 days to be taught along side the actual...
by pisean282311 7 years ago
Fix Reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason than of blindfolded fear. ... Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its...
by Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago
How will the history books describe the presidency of Barark Obama in 2050?It's often not evident what the effect of a given president's actions had on the county until history later judges him in the light of what comes after he leaves office. How will historians treat Barack Obama?
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