Thursday, November 10, 2005

Against "narratives"

Adloyada has an excellent post about Kristallnacht and the creation of narratives:
It's funny, isn't it, that this use of "narratives" to discuss historical conflicts and related debates is never applied outside the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
We never hear about the Allied narrative versus the Nazi narrative, or about the Western narrative versus the Soviet narrative.
Recasting historical debates as a choice between narratives creates a moral equivalence between meticulously documented historical research, which stands up to peer review, and mendacious falsifications and fabrications.
Well worth reading. Meanwhile the French seem to be creating their own, rather odd, Riot narrative (via Gateway Pundit).

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