[NetBehaviour] What would you have loved to have been taught in history classes that you didn't learn in school?

Edward Picot julian.lesaux at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 21:05:13 CEST 2018


That's an interesting question. At the time when I was at school, modern 
history didn't interest me all that much, and I wished we could have 
spent more time learning about the Romans and Medieval Britain. I come 
from a generation which was thoroughly fed up with the subject of the 
Second World War, but I wish I knew more about it now - not necessarily 
the British experience, but Hitler's rise to power, Mussolini, Japan and 
so forth. Also, I never knew very much about Ireland until I started to 
study Seamus Heaney. We were taught about the Potato Famine, but not 
much else - hardly anything about the 1916 uprising, or how Ireland 
eventually got independence, at the expense of the South separating from 
the North. A subject we really should have known something about, 
considering the effects it had in the shape of the Troubles. The deep 
links between the Tories and the Ulster Unionists are still affecting 
our politics today. And as the years have gone by I've found myself 
embarrassed to know so little about the effects of the British Empire 
elsewhere - for example the India/Pakistan partition, our involvement in 
the Middle East, Rhodesia and South Africa.

History seems a much more vital subject to me now than it did when I was 
at school. I think you probably have to live through a bit of it before 
you start to understand how much it matters.


On 24/07/18 10:00, marc.garrett via NetBehaviour wrote:
> What would you have loved to have been taught in history classes that 
> you didn't learn in school?
> This is my own list below regarding living in England - it could 
> easily be much more.
> I discovered all of the below, outside of the realms of traditional, 
> education in the end...
> Thomas Paine,
> Mary Prince,
> Feminism,
> Martin Luther King,
> Percy Shelley,
> Jeremy Bentham,
> William Cuffay,
> Mary Wollstonecraft,
> Mary Shelley,
> Oliver Cromwell,
> The True Levellers,
> The Diggers,
> Ghandi,
> The Gordon Riots,
> The Enclosures,
> William Blake,
> Women thinkers & Artists,
> The West African Student Union,
> Marxism,
> Irish, Welsh, Scottish politics
> Adam Smith,
> Henry Sylvester Williams...
> Marc Garrett
> Co-Founder, Co-Director and main editor of Furtherfield.
> Art, technology and social change, since 1996
> http://www.furtherfield.org
> Furtherfield Gallery & Commons in the park
> Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ
> http://www.furtherfield.org/gallery <http://www.furtherfield.org/gallery>
> Currently writing a PhD at Birkbeck University, London
> https://birkbeck.academia.edu/MarcGarrett
> Just published: Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain
> Eds, Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones, & Sam Skinner
> Liverpool Press - http://bit.ly/2x8XlMK
> Marc Garrett – Unlocking Proprietorial Systems for Artistic Practice.
> Posted in Journal Issues, Research Values. VOLUME 7, ISSUE 1, 2018
> http://www.aprja.net/unlocking-proprietorial-systems-for-artistic-practice/
> Furtherfield Editorial – Border Disruptions: Playbour & Transnationalisms.
> https://www.furtherfield.org/editorial-border-disruptions-playbour-transnationalisms/
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