Apologies for taking over from the previous writer of bad history, and particular apologies that my thoughts, ideas and notions will not be as reliably, academically informed. However, there is an on-going movement in history, as well as in culture, towards acknowledgment of ‘the bad’. The stuff people did wrong. All around the world, acrossContinue reading “Bad History: Presentism and so-called ‘Cancel Culture’ in History”
I will refrain, entirely, from making any inference or references to contemporary political situations. Make your damn own.
What is presentism, why do people complain about it, and what can we do to understand the past better?
What is Great Man theory and why do we care?
It’s self-evident, right? We’re not Romans so at some point or other the Roman Empire must have fallen. I mean people don’t speak Latin anymore – well, not outside of law, medicine, biology, classics, the Catholic clergy and students of Roman history anyway – and they don’t have Roman baths anymore – well, outside ofContinue reading “Bad History: Did Rome Ever Actually Fall?”
Myth: History is just one damn thing after another. Fact: Uh…kind of? But also not. It’s complicated. Let us explain. One of the great things about history is that it’s so popular. Walk into pretty much anywhere and you’ll see books about history, articles someone shared on Facebook, podcasts, movies, TV shows, TV channels, youContinue reading “Bad History: One Damn Thing”
I didn’t know Boudica. Did you?
History is a weird subject. You do it at school and you sort of go through a mishmash of the Egyptians and the Romans and the medieval times, until you skip forward to the Tudors and then the Victorians and finally World War 2 – unless maybe you skip back again and do World WarContinue reading “Introducing: Bad History”