Rather than repeating the amorphous and much over-used statement “All History Is A Lie,” sometimes it’s handy to bring out the Six Honest Serving Men and go a-hunting for answers.
There are several perps responsible for the History that we are being taught in schools and have been taught for the past 200 years.
One is named August Ludwig von Schlözer.
He was a German historian and writer of Medieval Russian History.
Wiki quote :
Since Schlözer opposed a strictly European perspective, the scope was the entire mankind. Moreover, he included all classes of society and social and cultural developments. The development of glass by the Phoenicians and the introduction of potatoes in Europe were more important than the names of the Chinese or German emperors.
The central topic was development and the influence of historical events on today. Schlözer identified five fundamental factors for development: “Die Lebensart bestimmt, Klima und Nahrungsart erschafft, der Herrscher zwingt, der Priester lehrt, und das Beispiel reisst fort”. (Schlözer, Weltgeschichte I, 66) – “The life-style determines, climate and nutrition creates, the sovereign forces, the priest teaches, and the example inspires.”
Schlözer also developed a structure for a universal history, separating it in six epochs:
- Urwelt (primeval world) – from the creation to the Flood
- Dunkle Welt (dark world) – from the flood to Moses and the first written sources
- Vorwelt (preworld) – up to the Persian Empire
- Alte Welt (old world) – up to the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD
- Mittelalter (Middle Ages) – up to the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492
- Neue Welt (the new world) – up to the present
This classification was not new, except for setting the Middle Ages between 476 and 1492, which he as well as his colleague and rival in Göttingen Johann Christoph Gatterer suggested roughly at the same time. These time borders for the Middle Ages are still accepted today.
Schlözer’s most important innovation, however, was his suggestion to count backwards from the birth of Jesus. An incentive for this was the growing disbelief of the biblical Creation and the then generally acknowledged creation date of 3987 BC. First speculations that the Sun and the Earth were perhaps created tens of thousands of years ago emerged in the 18th century. Schlözer’s suggestion offered room for further theories about the creation of the Earth. Schlözer mentioned in a footnote that he adopted this idea from foreign historians, but did not reveal them. Whoever they were, Schlözer was the one to introduce this novel chronology into the European history, an act of tremendous importance for it was the fundamental for all ancient history. According to the philosopher Hannah Arendt, this new method enabled man to look back “into an indefinite past to which one can add at will and into which we can inquire further as it stretches ahead”. August Ludwig von Schlözer was instrumental in abandoning Creation beliefs of our collective consciousness, more than anybody else.