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The Celtic Holocaust

Celtic Holocaust

In the writing of history, unreliable narration has been a constant since the first quill dipped onto the first piece of parchment. The consequent changing or omission of facts can have many motivations behind it. Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote critically of many ancient Roman leaders, but couldn’t be too critical for he relied on them for his livelihood. Voltaire writhed similarly under the watchful eye of the European monarchs he was beholden to, binding his hands on some topics where he might have otherwise been blunter. But unreliable narration has also arisen from less sympathetic purposes. For example, Winston Churchill wrote his memoirs in part to make sure that his reputation was glowing after he passed away. This urge to shape history in one’s favor is remains common. All you have to do is browse the Current Events section of any bookstore to see a mountain of political memoirs hoping to push your opinion into the author’s favor. From The Art of the Deal to The Audacity of Hope, their numbers are legion. Continue reading

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