150 received ideas on history (Historia collective)

The work produced by the editorial staff of Historia effectively tackles the false evidence and knowledge that we believe to hold in history. While reading 150 preconceived ideas about history, you will understand why Attila is not the scourge of God and that the Marseillaise was not born in Marseille. From prehistoric times to the 20th century, the most popular misconceptions are dismantled and reconstructed in order to capture their origin and restore the truth. Immerse yourself in this time travel through reasoned and documented explanations. After reading it, you will never see History the way it used to be.

Editorial presentation of the book

Alternately legends, clichés or untruths, received ideas are powerful ... and numerous! Insidious, disturbing, they form this bastion of commonly accepted knowledge, without even taking the trouble to question them, so much the evidence of their basis is imposed on us.

Do you think it was Christopher Columbus who discovered America? That Joan of Arc was a shepherdess? That Nero set Rome on fire? That Charlemagne invented the school? That Molière died on stage? That the marriage of priests has always been prohibited? That the carmagnole is a dance? That we did not fight in June 1940? Well, think again: this is all Wrong!

Under the sharp and well-documented pen of historians writing for the journal Historia, each of these astonishing notices re-establishes an historical truth ... unsuspected. From Antiquity to the present day, each era has been sifted through a series of eclectic postulates, effectively deconstructed.

Let yourself be surprised and discover the truth about 150 received ideas about history.

A varied collection intended for all

The editors identify 150 untruths over different periods such as Prehistory, Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Ancien Régime, Modern History and the 20th century, enough to satisfy a wide range of enthusiasts. You will find preconceived ideas about the Muslim and Christian religion, the place of women in history, heroes and rulers, explorers, inventors and politicians.

But where does this false evidence come from? Propaganda, misinterpretations and the need to create heroes all help to convey misinformation learned from childhood and in school. The evolution of research in History and access to archives have made it possible to detect these many nonsense.

This is not the first publication to deconstruct conventional wisdom in history. Historians have already struggled to shed light on inaccurate events and knowledge. The work produced by the Historia editorial team stands out for the quantity and diversity of the subjects covered.

It is a truly enriching read punctuated by short anecdotes. Each is the subject of a synthetic two-page explanation, nothing better to devour a book at home or while traveling. Aimed at the general public, this book offers a clear vision of major events and historical figures by restoring the context and the facts as they unfolded. Everything is enhanced with quotes and references to documentary sources.

150 preconceived ideas on history, Edition First, 2010, available in the store.

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