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ID number:554488
Published: 24.10.2006.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: n/a
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History as we know it has multiple uses and functions. Least significant of which, perhaps, is its use as a chronicle of true events. Throughout the ages historians have manipulated the record, primarily by omitting relevant facts, sometimes by inventing them, a phenomenon attributable to literary enthusiasm, poetic license (se non è vero è molto ben trovato!), to human nature (feel good stories), to political correctness and even to greed. Let's face it, most historians -- like lawyers -- write what is expected of them, or what will pay handsomely. This is why historical accounts that raise uncomfortable questions, upset the established order, i.e. are not black and white, neatly separating good and bad, heroes and villains, are seldom written, and if written, are often marginalized. Let us now revisit a major historical event that is mostly perceived as a success story, a romantic adventure, the winning of the golden West, i.e. the classical caricature known as the "discovery" of America.…

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