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Kindziukowa
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Hi! I am writing a paper in English, but I do not study history, so I am looking for some help. Do you know any examples where some historical truths were different for different countries/societies?
By which I mean untrue explanations of the same event which served the needs of both countries? Contrasting views on the same issue, where only one was true or neither? Where explanations were untrue and yet they proved to be useful for the country?
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Anyting at all in the run up to the Easter Rising, irish War of Independence, and the 'Troubles'.
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I'm not really au fait with Yeats, but I believe so.
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Isn't the entire point of history to see stuff from different perspectives
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Literally every historical event can be viewed from different perspectives - that's the entire point of studying history.

E.g. the historiography of the Cold War - a rough summary...

Orthodox historians - Americans in 1950s/60s - it was all the Soviet Union's fault because they were aggressively expanding into Eastern Europe
E.g. Arthur Schlesinger

Revisionist historians - Left-wing Americans in late 1950s/1960s/1970s - the Wisconsin School - it was all America's fault because they were 'economic imperialists' and were trying to dominate the world economically
E.g. William Appleman Williams

Post-Revisionist historians - historians post 1990 and the collapse of USSR + opening of Soviet archives - actually, it was all Stalin's fault because he was crazy and paranoid. E.g. John Lewis Gaddis
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Do you think Japan covering its war crimes works as a good example? That from the outside there were terrible crimes, but the country itself silenced them for their own benefit.
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Or WW1.

Read about the "Stab-in-the-back-myth" that became popular in Germany after WW1.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stab-in-the-back_myth

Basically, they thought that the German army would have won WW1 but they were betrayed by their politicians & civilians.
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Thanks! That’s very helpful😊
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(Original post by Kindziukowa)
Do you think Japan covering its war crimes works as a good example? That from the outside there were terrible crimes, but the country itself silenced them for their own benefit.
Definitely. And you could talk about the "comfort women" and Japan's total denial of their existence.

A recent example of this:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...t-women-statue
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Any war of independence tbh, the US revolutionary war is a good one.

More recently, Charlottesville incident in 2017, seen as a white nationalist terrorist attack by many (including me) and a defence of tradition/heritage with violence provoked 'on many sides!' by others
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(Original post by Kindziukowa)
By which I mean untrue explanations of the same event which served the needs of both countries?
Examine the causes and success of the Japanese motorcycle industry's penetration of the European and US markets and the reasons perceived by either side for it.
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