History That Makes Us Stupid

2 Nov

To cling to the History That Matters is to make real learning impossible. Yet for academics to critically engage the HTM in a way that might affect public understanding of the past requires a revival of fields that have become decidedly unhip. The HTM is essentially a war and politics narrative, and the present-day historical profession does not emphasize political, diplomatic, and military themes. Today it’s race, class, gender, and sexuality that claim pride of place. The effect, whether intended or not, is that comforting fantasies go unchallenged and lodge themselves ever more deeply in the public consciousness. So the “Good War” remains ever good, with the “Greatest Generation” ever great.

So opines historian Andrew J. Bacevich in a challenging article at The Chronicle of Higher Education. The entire article is here: History That Makes Us Stupid – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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