Essay on Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Nineteen Eighty Four '

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In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell wrote that “Who controls the past controls the future. And who controls the present controls the past.” Within Canadian politics, this assertion has proven to be an immaculate reflection on Harper’s rewriting of history, seen by Jack Granatstein as a way to de-politicize emphasis on social history and restore the place of military history in education. This focus of Confederation and military history, in particular the World Wars has not been without its critics. One of the foremost was the Canadian Historical Association and its concern that the weight on military history obstructs social history expressing progressive causes. These concerns were also shared by Ian McKay, whom argues that Harper’s emphasis on military history politicizes history on its own to favour of a right-wing agenda. Overall, when assessing the content of the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, it can be seen that McKay’s fears are not unfounded, and that it is Harper who is “rewriting the past” to entrench right-wing views in the present, namely neoliberal policies supporting big business. This paper seeks to view Harper’s historical revisionism in the context of the Conservative neoliberalization of Canada, in particular historical revisionism directed against unions, the visibility of income disability, and historical research directed against climate change; all of which challenges neoliberal pro-business polices undertaken by the…

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