History

Fact, Counterfactual, and Fiction

On November 1, the Adelaide Advertiser’s website ran an article called “Making Up History in the Classroom”. Sheradyn Holderhead wrote—I hope with tongue in cheek—that “Teaching history that never happened is a new movement in academic circles where students are challenged to think about history in a different light.” It’s hard to avoid the impression that in Australia, where the History Wars exposed an epidemic of poor research and outright fabrication, “teaching history that never happened” has been going on for some time. But that’s not what the man behind this inadvertently honest admission—Dr Grant Rodwell of the University of…

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