To The Historians Go the Spoils of Your War: Who is Writing Your History?

Posted on February 13, 2012


It is well understood that the victors write the history.

It is overlooked, I think, that, in fact, it is the victors’ historians who write the history. For historians, ideas, culture, and writing are pretty damn important. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that ideas, culture, and writing figure so prominently in our histories, even if they don’t seem so relevant in our daily lives.

As our culture splinters, more and more histories are being written by more and more historians. Arguably, many histories have always been composed, but now very many histories can be distributed as well.

Who is writing your history? What does it say about him or her, as opposed to you?