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Old August 13th, 2014, 12:05 PM   #11
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Pretty much everything people claim about the Highlands and Islands is misconception, or anachronistic at best. If I had to pick one thing to take a stab at, it'd be the idea that medieval Highlanders were an oral culture, or behind the rest of Scotland socially and technologically. That sold train tickets to Ullapool in Victorian times, but it's not accurate history. Just behind it would be the beliefs that everyone in a clan was related, or that a clan's leader was properly called its chief.

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The claim that Nazi Germany was defeated primarily because of USA's contribution to the war
That is honestly one of the most irritating things anyone can say. It's the only thing keeping my ignore list in business.

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The short Napoleon myth never ceases to annoy me.
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The claims that some groups of people are more evil than others. Evil is universal, nobody has a monopoly on bastardly behavior.
That's a big one for me as well.
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What are some historical misconceptions that you find to be irritating?
The claim that the Schlieffen Plan would have worked in 1914 if Moltke the Younger didn't change it.
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Also, one more: the claim that the Zionist Jews in Palestine in 1948 were "good guys".
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My Stuart sympathizing self always balks at the "Charles I was a despicable, evil, rotten tyrant that everyone wanted dead". He was stupid, that's for sure -- a weak king when they needed a strong one. And very few people wanted to kill him!
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The "lachrymose conception of Jewish history" (the quote comes from Professor Salo Baron)--the idea that until modern times, conditions for Jews (particularly in medieval Christian Europe) were horrible in all times and places.
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It's amazing how some people are still persistent about subscribing to a black-and-white view of historical and current events. War and politics in general aren't about good vs. evil.
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It's amazing how some people are still persistent about subscribing to a black-and-white view of historical and current events. War and politics in general aren't about good vs. evil.
I completely agree with you in regards to this.
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One additional one: that Russian Tsar Alexander II was a great reformist and democrat.

The above claim is only partially true, in the sense that Alexander II conducted limited reforms in order to strengthen the Russian autocracy.
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