«Perhaps most grotesque in this postmodern calculus of political repression is the moral blindness displayed towards the record of colonialism. For most of the last century, vast swathes of the planet remained under direct imperial European rule, enforced with the most brutal violence by states that liked to see themselves as democracies. But somehow that is not included as the third leg of 20th-century tyranny, along with Nazism and communism. There is a much-lauded Black Book of Communism, but no such comprehensive indictment of the colonial record.»
I am amazed at how easily the concept of "history" has changed from being hagiography of grandees (where knowing history meant knowing who bravely invaded/defended what when), to estimating numbers of dead (where knowing history means being able to play a game where everyone sits around and says "Oh yeah, well what about the N million dead in...", with points being scored for bigger numbers and more undeservedly obscure locales.
One of these days, history might mean the study of past ideas, instead of the assembly of stirring ethnic/national myths.