A Thousand Narratives: America Rewrites Its History (w/ Moshe Sluhovsky)
It's about gerrymandering knowledge.
Professor Moshe Sluhovsky, who teaches history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, taught a young Adaam to appreciate the nuance, contradictions, and blind spots of the past. In this episode, he breaks down conflicting historical narratives that have pervaded the academe, gives his perspective on America's newfound historicism, and rants with us about the inaccurate historical movies he loves and we hate.
On the agenda:
-Intro to Sluhovsky, the professor who taught Adaam why history matters [1:15]
-The conflicting narratives of Colonialism [21:58]
-History, the field that navigates "the complexities of possible stories that could be told" [24:30]
-History, a field ill-equipped for images [40:18]
-Historical movies: the good, the bad, the ugly [45:54]
-The young, contentious project of re-writing American history [59:24]
-On abstract thinking, morality, and politicization today [1:06:56]
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