[FoRK] French hit back against the Google invasion
jm at jmason.org
Thu Feb 24 18:39:06 PST 2005
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James Walker writes:
> This is the classic "history written by the winners" argument...very interesting.
> Jeanneney says he realised how culturally biased English-language
> sources were when he presided over the bicentennial celebrations of
> the French revolution. Les Anglo-Saxons "emphasised the plight of
> aristocrats and the dark side of the guillotine and la terreur." The
> notion of the advancement of the common man - so prevalent in French
> accounts - was absent.
Well, they're right about that -- I don't think I've ever read an account
that gave *any* prominence to the latter, but I learned plenty of the
former. That's an Irish education -- how was it covered in syllabi
(PS: I'm sure the NLI's problems are down to money. Learning and history
doesn't get much respect with Ireland's current government, unless it's
scientific research, and can therefore translate into $$$$ somehow.
Digitising 19th century newspapers certainly doesn't have an obvious
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