China Re-Edits History

1 09 2006

The Chinese government has decided to revamp the old history books.

“Our traditional version of history was focused on ideology and national identity,” said Zhu Xueqin, a historian at Shanghai University. “The new history is less ideological, and that suits the political goals of today.”

The history books no longer focus on raising good little Marxists – now they focus on raising good little whatever-you-want-to-call-the-current-Chinese-government-ists. 

It seems impossible to me to write a true history book if you have goals in mind.  The only goal a history book should have is to educate people about history.  Leave it to other social sciences to teach ideologies.

You can read the NYT article here.

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