Is history accurate?
History is basically one recollection, 'his story'. It is often presented by the "winner". Is history an accurate account of what actually happened?
it is basically correct I believe. But it is almost always tilted toward the winners side. I also think that it is more accurate now then it has ever been. With the speed of modern communications. The chance of the real true story is better.
It is seldom the whole truth, it is usually told by the winners, or the survivors.
Work on the principle that everyone tells lies and you won't be far wrong.
I understand what you are saying, but is it really accurate.I had to do a book review for an American History class in college. I stated that "all politicians are crooked." The prof. wrote, "can you prove this." I could not since it was not true.
Hmmmm... Let's see... Which one of us was alive when those events in history happened?... Um. None of us. So we will never know. We can only assume, create educated guesses, and estimate.
No. It is up to you to read history and also read between the lines.
History is accurate--the recounting of the history is not always accurate. Thus, it is important that you seek out more than one source when studying history. I have a minor in history, which among other things, required me to write nine different term papers over a three year period. It was an eye-opening experience. Some parts of history that you read can be taken at face value, such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor. However, figuring out when the Vietnam war started is a little more difficult. The amount of accuracy you find will depend on how hard you are willing to look for it.
There are to facets of history. The first is the event. That is pretty straight forward. The Union won the Civil War, the Allies Won WWII. The second is cause and affect. That is when the numerous revisions and updated theories, etc come into play.
I think over 70% of history is wrong, history is told by the last person standing and it is usually told from their point of view.
Whether history is accurate depends on who is writing it. In our school textbooks today history keeps changing as they revise books and what was being taught in the past is now different in many cases. Some events have been changed to reflect political correctness while others have been removed for fear of making certain segments of the population angry.
The current process of textbooks involves revising or updating events in our history. This sometimes presents additional facts that may previously been unknown while other times the perspective changes in the approach taken to specific events.
History is basically believed to be correct. But in reality it includes imaginations of people too.
Many of the posts here talk about "winners" and "losers" and how the winners write the history. I understand that people are biased, it is one reason why I don't watch the news anymore. But imagine that we formed a team to write a history book about farming in Kansas in the 1870's. What bias would we have? Who is the winner? Why would any of us twist Kansas farming? How could it suit our own ends?
Historians are taught about bias, and encouraged to be faithful to the facts. Just because people are biased in general doesn't mean that they can't treat a topic fairly in specific.
This is true. But, in the US, from our history we learn about the Patriots who fought the British for our independence. If you go to the Maritime Provinces of Canada, you hear about the Loyalist. We don't hear about loyalists, who didn't want war.
I would say history can be both inaccurate and accurate, as with anything, when you tell a story it can sometimes change a little, but the best stories have elements of truth. Most history would be largely true even if minor elements are inconsistent.
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