Sunday, August 19, 2012

Truth in history...

...Book Review | The Asian voices of modernity

I have mixed views on this. Certainly history is written by the victors but is that so bad? One's grievance at this stems more, in my view, with one's disdain for power than with setting a morally right example. Power is an exceptionally complex phenomenon and while it can and often does corrupt, at its simplest, it is also the driver of all human activity. Whether the revisionists of today would not have abused their positions as historians had they been victors is a matter that requires some introspection. That said, different histriographies can enlighten the past. 

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