The Triumph of “Fake” History

, Deborah Lambert, 1 Comment

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Here’s a fun fact: Not surprisingly, after being trashed and trampled by the Left for several generations, there has been a downward spiral in the study of history on American campuses from 18 percent in 1971 to 9 percent today, according to historian Daniel Pipes. And, according to the American Historical Association, the reason appears to coincide with the percentage of historians who specialize in women and gender, which has risen from 1% to nearly 10% during the past 40 years.

Not surprisingly, the study of gender is the most important subfield in the academy, followed by cultural history and environmental history, the study of how human shape their environment and are shaped by it. The losers in this cluster, according to Pipes, are international history, legal and constitutional history and intellectual history.

The results? Among the survivors is a Harvard course called “Emotions in History,” which deals with two approaches: How to write the history of emotions and how emotions affect the writing of history. You get the drift. Not surprisingly, the class currently consists of one student. Meanwhile, a couple of choice “history” offerings at Yale include “Witchcraft and Society in Colonial America” and “History of the Supernatural.”

 

One Response

  1. Jaime L. Manzano

    April 21, 2017 10:55 am

    The press, and now the spectrum/internet media, almost never get things right. They titillate, and report on the glandular, e.g., sex, race, envy. They glide pass their mistakes on such topics as national security, economic policies, and injuries to reputations. They lie. They aggravate and promote hostilities, fomenting conflict, and even war. They are the crass, raw, power behind venal political parties. What seems to be new, and pursued, these days, is that the press, and media, are beginning to feed more on themselves, painting rival outlets with a broad brush loaded with, inaccuracies, moral failings, imaginings, e.g., “fabricated” news. They live off their legally protected freedom to say anything. They are spoiled, and incapable of disciplining, or reforming, themselves. It has become increasingly necessary for popular opinion, and the law, to intercede. To do what? Require sources of opinion and fact to be cited. Expand the reach of law to allow people to sue for defamation, damages, etc. Why, for example, are elected representatives legally protected from being sued when speaking in congress? In the interest of truth, accurate reporting, and good governance, reform is urgently required. The nation cannot continue to let let representative government to be the plaything of, and be crucified, by excesses of the press.

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