Derisive diatribes about the state of the nation, nation states and swerving leftward
1 August 2005
Zinn on history
I'm currently reading The Future of History by Howard Zinn. It's an interesting set of interviews that has the advantage of containing many informal reflections on a diverse range of topics. I really like Zinn's take on the enterprise of telling history. Zinn states from the outset that history can never be wholly objective since it requires us to choose specific facts as being more important than others in the historical narrative. He goes on to discuss cases in which history is biased towards the interests of the powerful.