History ‘taught by Blackadder’ says leading academic

A leading historian has criticised history teaching, claiming that Blackadder is being used to inform students about the First World War. This is from the Times…

Antony Beevor said that “fake faction” and the “democratisation of the truth” could lead to dangerous conspiracy theories taking hold.

During a discussion at the Oxford Literary Festival with the writer Kate Mosse, Beevor said that exceptions could perhaps be made for the fictionalising of “far away history”, citing Hillary Mantel’s novels centring on Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII. But he was scornful about the use of fiction to inform academic study.

“You even get it in schools,” he said. “I was lecturing to history teachers and told them that I had heard that Blackadder was being used to teach the [First World War]. I realised that half of them were shifting uneasily in their seats.”

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  1. chrisg0000

    HudsonPhilipd I’ve always hated the way WWI has been taught, yes it was a tragedy for those fighting but we went to war for a noble cause,

  2. chrisg0000

    HudsonPhilipd and we won! Can’t believe standards are now so low then Ben Elton’s view of history is now the accepted one.

  3. HudsonPhilipd

    chrisg0000 There does seem to be a serious dumbing down and lack of common sense across so many of our institutions..

  4. chrisg0000

    HudsonPhilipd and we won! Can’t believe standards are now so low that Ben Elton’s view of history is now the accepted one.

  5. duncr

    chrisg0000 shows lack of initiative and love of subject. I had history teachers who bought subject to life just by talking to students

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