Can History Be Unbiased? Essay
From a different angle, politics play a significant role in history writing. For instance, before the Egyptian 25th of January Revolution, history textbooks depicted Hosni Mubarak as the ultimate leader and the perfect example of a president—one which all leaders of the world should imitate and whose era is the most flourishing. Like textbooks of Frances Fitzgerald’s time—which had “the demeanor and trappings of authority” and were “imperturbable” and “humorless” weighty volumes but quite distant from reality—Egyptian history textbooks before the revolution also were replete with information, facts, and wondrous historical stories, yet one could smell a fragrance of propaganda—a mischievous subjectivity. With 60%+ poverty, dramatic rise in unemployment rate, lethal pollution in water, and rapid growth of sexual harassment during Mubarak’s time, the massive glorification of our ex-president then was implausible. Yet, the apparent subjectivity in history textbooks did not succeed to convince all the students with “that specific version” of the country.
The idea that school textbooks are solely responsible to help students create their versions of their countries is false. Students can learn history by reading all there is to read about