LIONEL PODCAST: You Don’t Know Scheiße About History

The history you know is anything resembling history. What the American public craves is a tragedy with a happy ending,” William Dean Howells supra said. I would say the same for history. Especially. I am fascinated by the the idea of why civil wars are so unique in our human appreciation. Thucydides said, “The people made their recollections fit in with their sufferings.” Professor David Blight in this wonderful series references these inter alia. It’s brilliant and I commend it to you.

From the horse’s mouth. “I, Herodotus of Halicarnassus, am here setting forth my history, that time may not draw the color from what man has brought into being, nor those great and wonderful deeds, manifested by both Greeks and non-Greeks, fail of their report, and, together with all this, the reason why they fought one another.” Whose history? Whose perspective?

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