Quotation of the Week 9

“History is not what you thought. It is what you can remember”

(W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman, 1066 and All That, 1930)

Economic historian and numismatic consultant


  1. I have interviewed older people for local archives, and this is my constant worry – that I am receiving an abridged, edited version of the past. There’s nothing to remedy this except the gathering of as many contemporaneous accounts as possible of particular events. The truth is out there, they say, just don’t expect it to be the same as your own ‘truth’.

  2. In my opinion history is what can be used in the future. Unless, of course, we are talking about “final examinations history (istoria desmis)”! Am I right, Constantina?

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