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Do we learn more history from text books or historical novels

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"Do we learn more history from text books or historical novels?" To answer this question we need to understand what does history text book and historical novel mean. For example, here is a definition taken from the dictionary "historical text book is a range of critical analysis, evaluation, and selection of authentic source materials and composition of these materials into a narrative subject to scholarly methods of criticism". While the same dictionary provides us with another information for definition of the historical novel " is that has as its setting a period of history and that attempts to convey the spirit, manners, and social conditions of a past age with realistic detail and fidelity (which is in some cases only apparent fidelity) ...read more.

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If it is an American textbook often times the battles they do choose will be the majority that the Americans did well in, as opposed to if it was a British textbook, they would not have multiple battles where they were defeated by American troops, etc. Also books context change over time therefore if you will read book from about 50 years ago about, for example Stalin, you will find that he came from the good, well-educated family. While if you will read the same topic again in our days you will find out that he actually came from the poor family and he used to rob trains. ...read more.

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From the other hand, novels are written by one person and as we know people are tend to be biased and write from their point of view. Therefore I would like to say that there is no specific answer to this question because all books are written by people some of them might be more reliable and trustful than others but anyway all of them would be biased. So I suggest that the best way to learn history is to read various text books and novels so you would understand different points of view and sooner enough construct your own. Word count: 451 words ...read more.

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