Teaching History: my response to Andrew Roberts

June 10, 2010 at 9:25 am Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

I wrote this piece way back in 2006, when Andrew Roberts was already advising the conservative party. But I’m linking to it, because I couldn’t put it better now than I did then.

Here’s a sample:

History is most accurate, and most exciting, when it is an open forum rather than a grand narrative. It is especially important that the discussion over Britain’s history is not merely a debate between the descendents of colonisers. Many British citizens come from former colonies, and if history can be defined, as Andrew Roberts defines it, as ‘the collective memory of a people,’ they possess a different ‘history’ from that which has been taught in British schools. When history is only told by the colonisers, atrocities soften into ‘diplomatic embarrassments’ and entire societies dissolve into caricatures.

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