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A tweet from Librarianshipwreck has once again ignited debate about the nature and value of history. Beginning with the statement, โ€œStudying history will sometimes make you feel uncomfortableโ€ the tweet looks at how gaining knowledge of the past can make us feel deeply upset and angry.

๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง History is not static. Not only are new sources discovered and new data analysis undertaken through ever-increasing computational power but also peopleโ€™s values and perceptions change. The recent renewed outrage at the horrors of the slave trade has shown shifting viewpoints. Toppled statues and disowned ancestors have all hit the headlines in recent months. Alumni have complained to their alma mater that they were taught โ€œthe wrong history.โ€ Defining history? At times history may be hijacked for political purposes. When Hitler came to power in Germany in the 1930s he soon changed the curriculum to emphasise German Nationalism and propagate the Nazi version of the First World War peace treaties. It has long been recognised that it is the winners who write history. Moreover, they often destroy historical evidence contrary to their objectives. As the Librarianshipwreck tweet concludes, โ€œIf studying history makes you feel proud and happy then you probably arenโ€™t studying history.โ€

๐๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ Increasingly, the borders between history and other academic disciplines such as economics, politics and sociology become blurred. Now, more than ever, the grand sweep of history grows broader and deeper.

๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐, ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐•๐š๐ฅ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž ๐–๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ง: Email: valerie.weston@minervatuition.com Phone: +852 6156 5705. We would be delighted to hear from you.



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