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Evaluating history

Mohamed Ibrahim Bassyouni
2020 / 7 / 25

When evaluating any historical event, old´-or-recent, we should not remove it from the historical context and the circumstances surrounding it, meaning if we love, we evaluate the experience of the July 1952 revolution, we must evaluate it in light of the great powers that were present in its era, and we must also evaluate it in light of the occupation, huge social problems and a state of refraction My people were around at this time. Certainly, the experience of President Gamal Abdel Nasser and his companions had negative aspects, but I think in light of the surrounding circumstances, we will find it was a successful experience. This talk applies to any old´-or-recent historical experience´-or-event. Between a lover, he sees only the good and his hatred, and sees only the disadvantages. There is no place for objective evaluation. Love and hate feelings and feelings are not appropriate to judge the facts of history. Most of those who take part in this event adopt the style of football fans, meaning the complete alignment of his team, regardless of the facts. Nobody does what we do with our history and the cause is systematic errors when assessing events and personalities of history. The first systematic error when assessing events and personalities in history is to use the current age standard in evaluation. The second is to ignore all other possibilities in which events could have gone, either positively´-or-negatively. The third is coloring events and personalities and inferring historical sources biased with´-or-against.
These are the most prominent methodological errors, in addition to political and ideological inclinations and tendencies, the most important superficiality and the lack of knowledge. Look at all of this and then start your evaluation.




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