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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