The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23445   Message #261474
Posted By: JedMarum
20-Jul-00 - 08:37 AM
Thread Name: Distortion of History in Folk Song
Subject: RE: Distortion of History in Folk Song
I think (in this thread) we've nailed the difference between history and poetry - and their similarities, but I think we are a bit harsh in our judgement of historians. I cannot dismiss all written history as someone's politically biased opinion. Just like musicians or artists dedicated to perfecting their craft, I believe the best historians set out to produce honest, objective, fact based histories - and again, just like artists, some are more successful then others at being true to that objective.

I am normally the first one to take anything I read with a 'grain of salt' - but I cannot simply dismiss all of written history as politically biased, either.