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Introduction - That history contains errors will not come as news to a person who has reflected on the topic The very first history a Greek one History of Herodotus written around 450 BC likely had quite a number of fictional details so as to affect its purpose1 Those parts of our history which are suspected to be fiction are at least through research and comparison salvageable What however is possibly more disturbing than the realization that in general and throughout our history is wrong a sub-topic which I shall treat to a greater extent further on herein is the realization that there are great gaps in it We have failed to record and gather together the little human events which make up the fabric of history it is little events strung together and accumulated over time which account for our place in history Though it may have been in certain of its parts reconstructed incorrectly and small shards are missing here and there history by a well-read and descriptive author like a Grecian urn is a spectacle to behold like man himself -- fascinating seductive intriguing and spectacular It maybe that I like most enjoy looking in on at a safe distance the follies and misfortunes2 of his fellow man a method to gratify the natural curiosity that most of us have about such things History written in a lively and descriptive manner as the best are so to grip and hold the reader have veiled and concealed as it might be a lesson or moral such that the reader might modify his view of the present and his forecast of the future This incidentally is the principal reason that history ought to be at the core of any scheme of education In this light as John Morley observed the actual twists and turns of the great historical happenings are not so important in themselves except as it enables me to see my way
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