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i suddenly realized, that, for fun, i go to the harvard coop with friends to pick out history textbooks to read.
It’s hard to choose between such different worlds.
I misread a crucial part of my primary source and now I have to think of entirely new questions :| :| omg :| :| :|
(I blame the lack of blood circulation in my brain.)
“A small amount of relatively pedestrian, bureaucratic material appears to have been passed over to the the National Archives on Aden. It was fewer than 40 files, most dating from 1962-67. They concerned subjects such as oil exploration, issuing of British passports and fisheries. Most of the Aden material is assumed to have been destroyed.”
The Aden material was ludicrous. Given the extent to torture and ill-treatment, detention and protest in that colony in its latter years, it was laughable to see the released files having to do with fisheries.
Most strikingly, the keywords “detention”, “resettlement”, “New Villages”, “reservations” (another quaint word for concentration camps, this time used in Kenya), or “detainee”, don’t even appear in any of the aforementioned files.
It seems to me that the whole release is a whitewash intended to mollify critics and save the government from embarrassment.
This is how the Empire/ex-Empire whitewashes history and carefully hides the truth from future generations of colonized people. The list is long; it has Kenya, Zanzibar, Uganda, Palestine, Brunei among a few dozen other colonized states. Here’s one of the disturbing revelations:
• Britain planned to test a very virulent type of poison gas in what is now Botswana, the colonial archives reveal.
If you want to know how colonizing powers (existing and pre-existing) operate by maintaining strong control over historical narratives, this is highly important to read. History rarely tells the truth.