[Marxism] Making up History

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 20 18:44:41 MST 2013


Probably no-one here has any illusions about the way a chunk of academic
history is constructed to serve political purposes.  This is especially so
in the context of intense conflicts.  A really good example is the struggle
in Ireland.  Once armed conflict appeared in the north-east, a whole new
school of academic historians emerged, constructing histories that sought
to undermine Irish republicanism and pretty both Irish bourgeois
nationalism and the role of British rule in the past and present.

See, for instance:
Politics and the rise of historical revisionism:
http://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/politics-and-the-rise-of-revisionism/
Nationalisms and anti-nationalisms in Irish historiography:
http://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/nationalisms-and-anti-nationalisms-in-irish-historiography/
Fiction as history: Irish historical revisionists at it again:
http://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/fiction-as-history-irish-historical-revisionists-at-work-again/
Baron Bew of the Stickies: academic 'Marxist' bags peerage:
http://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/baron-bew-of-the-stickies-academic-marxist-bags-peerage/
The Easter Rising and the 'blood sacrifice':
http://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/the-easter-rising-and-the-blood-sacrifice/

Phil



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