You have got to be joking! I think they're doing a pretty good job of fabricating history to fit with the mores and expectations of a PC present.
Award-winning historian Peter Cochrane is urging his colleagues to look to the narrative techniques of literature to recreate the past in a vivid and lively way.
Cochrane, an inaugural winner of the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History, said historians should be able to cross freely into the territory of novelists and poets to use their techniques of plot, character, and imagination. .....
"This, I think, is an old, ingrained prejudice. Historians tend to see themselves as social scientists, as scholars whose job it is to 'write up' or report on their findings, rather than as writers whose job it is to create or imagine the past, to captivate anaudience.
"We should be crossing boundaries and borrowing what we can from fiction, or at least from fiction writers ... in terms of structuring and vivifying a story."
Cochrane's comments follow the public chiding of novelist Kate Grenville for overstepping the boundary between fiction and history in her acclaimed novel The Secret River.
I think it's dangerous to be imagining history, especially when the facts are there and history is not fiction, it is fact. I think that is a major problem with history and the teaching of history these days, it has become too tied with fanciful ideas.
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