I am currently watching an entertaining and well made Young Adult TV series – Dwight in Shining Armor. In one episode a random character, a history teacher, declares, “History is the story we tell about the events we have chosen to remember”. A nicely succinct formulation. No doubt a script writer who was dying to get this observation onto screen somehow!
Foucault, of course, made this point continuously throughout all his works.
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This is such an important issue. In an age of fake news, media monopolies, and strong man politics, we need able historians. Certainly, Foucault challenges us to see the complexities of historiography, but in so doing, he underlines the value of writing critical historical accounts