The Past as Battlefield: The Power of Historiography

“The future is certain, it is the past that is always changing.” – Popular Soviet joke

The Past as Battlefield: The Power of Historiography

Historiography is not an exchange in the marketplace but a fight on the battlefield. It has a particular point of view on the past and punishes opponents; it is power politics masked as tolerant neutrality. The Left—like those behind the 1619 Project—understand the stakes and are fighting to maintain their legitimacy. It is time the Right did the same and entered the historiographical fray to shape the story.

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