Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

Historical revisionism

Politically-correct historical revisionism comes to the EU. In 1980's school textbooks,

the Vikings are referred to as 'fierce raiders [who] began to attack our coasts'. But in its 1994 edition, they are described as 'Danes [who] besides being farmers, were much better at trading than Saxons. The Danes and Saxons settled down together and Saxon England became one rich and peaceful kingdom.'

Hrm. The Saxon kings of England would have a slightly different view of the matter.

In the 1994 edition of The French Revolution (Heinemann), Napoleon is depicted less as an invader and more as a reformer whose code of measurement was introduced throughout Europe.
For some reason, he had a little difficulty in getting the Russians to accept it. The Duke of Wellington was an old stick-in-the-mud about Napoleon's code of measurement, too.
In Journeys into the Past (Zeitern und Menschen), the traditional image of the Saracens as barbarians is transformed in 2001 to one of a civilised race which lived in peace and harmony with the crusaders.

Yes, I've noticed they have a lingering fondness for the Crusaders to this day.

There is a general consensus that we need to teach children that Europe evolved naturally through the organic coming-together of a group of sympathetic nations rather than through a series of tense and bloody clashes between a collection of wildly diverse countries.

...except that that's not how it happened, is it?


meaning: prefecture
県知事 == kenchiji == prefectural governor
三重県 == mieken == Mie prefecture

And speaking of the general bloodiness and brutality of human history... this character was originally comprised of 'tree' (木), 'joined threads' (糸), and a pictograph of an upside-down head. It originally referred to the practice of hanging an executed criminal's head in a tree. It is unclear how this came to indicate a prefecture; it may be that execution was a symbol of government action.  Henshall suggests taking it as an 'eye' (目), and the bottom part as a 'stand', and as a mnemonic:  'Keep eye on stand at prefectural show.'

Stroke order:
Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)

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