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#26 – Empires Besieged, Time Life BOOK REVIEW

February 28, 2018

I’m afraid I’ll be going off on a tangent in this review because this book was actually #21 and I’m up to #33 now, so the details are all rather hazy.

Empires Besieged

One of the most important axioms you can ever internalise is history is written by the victors. I used to brush that statement off, knowing it to be true but never fully appreciating just how deeply it is intertwined with the fabric of how we view the world. It puts us in the heady realms of unknown unknowns.

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” – Donald Rumsfeld

This goes back at least as far as Plato’s cave, an allegory later turned into The Matrix movie. Here’s how it’s commonly described: A group of prisoners have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. They watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them, and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners’ reality, which they take to be reality because they know no other. They cannot perceive the true form of reality. The inmates of this place do not even desire to leave their prison; for they know no better life.

When reading history, you are looking at the shadows. Whoever writes it determines how you perceive history.

In reading Empires Besieged it was illuminating to consider which cultures were the subject of historical discussion and which were not. As a bare minimum, a culture needs to have left behind evidence they existed. Many times in a discussion of the great civilisations of China, Greece, Rome, and Persia there’ll be reference to such-and-such a tribe who got smashed. They disappeared from history and most of the records of them ever having existed is the chroniclers of the culture that smashed them.

Attila Total War

An empire besieged, yesteryear

Some of these tribes survived but interbred and were absorbed by others. Throughout this Time Life series there are the ‘big’ cultures where historians know a lot, stretching from Ancient Egypt up through Rome before swinging out east to Greece, Middle East, Persia and over to China. Outside of that narrow belt there be dragons. The nomadic tribes of the Siberian steppe are a constant menace for over a thousand years but they didn’t have scribes and ultimately they lost the game of thrones. The barbarians of northern Europe are similarly dark, known only for their marauding raid into the great civilisations. It’s not until around 200AD that we come to know much about who they are.

“That’s all ancient history” you may say, but modern history is also written by the victors. You can see this daily in the MSM, and can test it too. Watch a Donald Trump speech in full (or a Jordan Peterson interview) and then observe the crafting [1] process that reshapes the message before it is entered into the official narrative history. There are a lot of Americans who still think Trump said all Mexicans are rapists and that he sexually abused dozens of women [2]

Roman britain

Roman British history, as rewritten by 2017’s victors

I’ll bet you have a completely inaccurate view of World War 2 and the Holocaust [3]. The official narrative is that Nazis are bad, they persecuted Jews, they started the war, then murdered six million Jews, and it was all rather unprovoked. Perhaps a bit to do with the terms of the Versailles treaty, but we still need to punch Nazis. If you haven’t studied history you may be surprised by the following:

Every damn time

Down the memory hole for you, inconvenient fact

I’m not pretending those bullet points are the whole truth. I’m not pretending the Nazis weren’t unsavoury characters. But how much of that did you know? Frankly, the Holocaust (the bit that was real) sounds to me like an under-reaction after decades of intense provocation. Germany was under attack from Jews on the West, the East, and internally in an existential fight for its own existence as a nation and a people.

Funniest thing of all is, when seen through the non-stop battles and genocides of history, this whole German-Jew thing is just another in a long line of ethnic struggles.

If you like the idea of invading Germany to corrupt its women then you’ll probably like Daygame Infinite. If you’d rather read a fake story written years after the fact by a lying piece of shit, you may prefer Balls Deep Anne Frank’s diary.

[1] i.e. “lying and propagandising”
[2] This will change, because Trump is winning. However for now, the old winners still run the MSM
[3] Though I trust my readers have a much higher than average chance of having researched the topic and hit upon the truth.

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Date February 28, 2018 12:51 PM UTC (6 years ago)
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