July 31, 2008AsideculturehistoryIndiapolitics

Historical mistakes

And the dangers of staying in schools

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Today’s dose of excellent writing comes from Varnam, where JK argues that we cannot live without historians and our choice is not between Orientalists, Marxists or Nationalists, but between good historians and bad ones.”

…when you apply Marxist historiography, with the theme of of social class and economic constraints in determining historical outcomes, on the Asokan empire, the results are ridiculous, but in India that passes off as serious research.” [Varnam]

Now, we don’t know what he will react, but JK is calling for all historians to go to the scientific school (note the use of the lower case).

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