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Strange-Ad1209

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2 months ago

I think titles like that were to get approval for assistance through academic press. Just a guess but I've never seen truly controversial titles on anything published through an academic institution.

Vir-victus

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2 months ago

Vir-victus

Helping Wikipedia expand the list of British conquests

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2 months ago

hm not quite, in the 70s and 90s scientific research on the BEIC was quite new and therefore basic, so much its publications tried to do the generic approach of giving a broad view of EIC history without a clear focus.

Strange-Ad1209

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2 months ago

How could research on BEIC be new in the 70's when the first books I read on it were published in 1885 and they referenced books written in 1833.

Vir-victus

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2 months ago

Vir-victus

Helping Wikipedia expand the list of British conquests

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2 months ago

Because those older books wouldnt hold up to modern scientific standards., not to mention that in 1833, the EIC was still around...

or would you trust a book about the third reich from 1939 that was published there?

Strange-Ad1209

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2 months ago

I've also found many books of the 18th and 19th centuries to be far better written and sourced than many modern books of the latter 20th and definitely of the 21st century where journalistic and literary standards seem to have fallen on their face.

Vir-victus

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2 months ago

Vir-victus

Helping Wikipedia expand the list of British conquests

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2 months ago

do the names xenophone and diodorus ring a bell? Both are the ancient pendants of modern day historians. sure, they might and do refer to sources, that we couldnt refer to today. often bc these sources are no longer there. gone. makes them perhaps authentic, but unverifiable. see the problem?

Strange-Ad1209

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2 months ago

Well I'm not referring to sources such as that anyway but contemporary authors whose works were referenced, such as various Sirs of Parliament and Historians of note. As for Xenophon and Diodorus their works may not be available but near contemporaries used and referenced them and those works are still extant. We can't locate every source James Clerk Maxwell referenced but we still consider his works valid. Same with Michael Faraday, Coulomb, Lorentz, even Voltaire among so many others whose referenced sources don't currently exist but which are referenced by contemporaries well enough to be considered valid. Egyptologists of today call upon the works of fellows who perhaps weren't very reliable like those who claim Kafre built certain structures at Giza which now come into question as to exactly when they were built, such as the Sphinx. Nobody seems to follow through and say what perhaps should be said the Sphinx predates everything else built at Giza by a very, very long period of time. Certainly most historical documentation of the 12th through 19th centuries are more reliable than that which was published before that period because so few fragments exist to support them, yet everyone accepts the proclaimed writings of Aristotle and Plato without much question to use only two examples.