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We [Europeans] see history as events described in print

June 16, 2013

“We [Europeans] see history as events described in print… To us a verbal tradition is not ‘history.’ A book written by a professor who has got his facts from the custodian of a verbal tradition is history, and is treated with respect. Only last week I heard a literary man say dismissingly of verbal records that ‘they contradict each other,’ just as if ‘historians’ – that is, people who write books, don’t contradict each other….” ~ Doris Lessing

Ref: Doris Lessing, quoted p.16 Adrienne Rich (1990) Resisting Amnesia: History and Personal Life. Woman of Power 16; pp.15-21

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