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POLL: Do Facts Spoil History Books?


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basileus66 writes:

By the way, the author of the original article is taking a methodological stand: he wants to read post-modernist narratives, where fact is just an excuse for telling a story, politically relevant to the present. Even if you are not aware of what he is trying is to downplay the relevance of positivist history. He is clever enough not to make a frontal attack on factuality; he takes a slightly more subtle approach: history books based on facts are boring.

I strongly disagree. See Empires of the Sea. Firmly based on known facts -subtly interwoven in the narrative- but reads like a good novel; when reading it I discovered myself biting my nails more than once (the Great Siege of Malta and Lepanto are more exciting than many novels I've read lately!)


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VOTING RESULTS
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no opinion
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8%
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yes
36
10%
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no
285
82%
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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP requested this poll, after reading this article in The Guardian.