Revisionism (Why do revisionist version of history exists? (Different…
Why do revisionist version of history exists?
Different time in history
Different opinion = different interpretation
Depends on the upbringing of the historian. e.g. education, experiences.
Looking at the past through the lens of the present
Different allegiance, culture biases, nature of polarity, volume of sources AND opportunity to find new perspectives.
How do we know the 'right interpretation'?
Events that happened
Many versions of texts/ sources
in the form of books, article, etc
How many historians backed this up
come to a concludion but needs to be open mided
date it was published in
intention of the inerpretations
Who the audience is
The reason for why it was created
Why revise cold war causes?
Different era to the past
Mid 50s onwards
'teenagers' = teenage culture
People start to question American values.
America looking outwards and inwards
America looks at itself
Interpretation changes over time
US wanted to spread capitalist ideas
Depend on trade
Different from the Soviet Union's view
Fear of domino theory
Vietnam war, korean war, Cuba
Intimidate Soviet Union
Soviet was on defensive side
Soviet entrenched itself to protect its interest
Capitalism would hurt USSR
Need to expand and annex land for resources