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Can we really tell history "as it was"? posted 30 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionCan we really tell history "as it was"? by saintjon, Auditor

Well on the one hand isn't your perception one shade of "what it was like to be there?"

I say no to the topic question. Even if you had all the facts down pat, the people writing the history would never be privy to everything going on with the people in power making the plays. I mean, you could be the spouse of some world leader and now know EVERYTHING about why they act the way they do, or in some cases the REAL reason a decision was made.

Just think about how many different interpretations there are of fictional works. Also you have to take into account that history is written by the winners. view post


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