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Let me refresh your memory! (By Yeghig Tashjian

21 Jun

Let me refresh your memory!

Martyrs’ square, Beirut, 1982 (Source: Wikipedia)

“Study the past if you would define the future.” –Confucius

During my visit to Vienna in 2012, I was discussing Middle Eastern politics with some friends. The conversation then shifted to the history books of our respective countries; however, I became silent when it was my turn to talk about Lebanon’s history book. What was I supposed to say? That the history textbooks used in schools in Lebanon end with the withdrawal of the French troops in 1946? Or that the country does not have an accurate and unified history book that covers the country’s post-independence years? Normally, history textbooks are updated every 5-10 years, but not in Lebanon’s case.

Why should we care about having an unbiased and objective history book? And why is it so important?

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