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Old August 13th, 2014, 09:13 AM   #1

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Irritating historical misconceptions


There are a lot of irritating historical misconceptions that people believe/promote. The one that makes me nearly livid is when someone says:

"Julius Caesar was the first emperor!"

It shouldn't get to me, but it does.

What are some historical misconceptions that you find to be irritating?
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Old August 13th, 2014, 09:18 AM   #2

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I don't even know where to start, haha.

Constantine converting the Roman Empire to Christianity, and the South producing better soldiers than the North during the American Civil War are two that irk me.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 09:32 AM   #3

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When people say that the Ancient Greeks wore togas. No clue why, but I can't stand it when they say that.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 09:33 AM   #4

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Japan didn't invade the US during WW2 because of all the civilian firearms.
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The Persian Wars were a clash of civilisations: the freedom-loving democratic West on one hand, and the despotic, slavish, and barbarian East on the other.

Mussolini delaying Operation Barbarossa by dragging Hitler into the Balkans was the main reason behind the operation's eventual failure.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 09:50 AM   #6

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When people claim inventions and primates for a particular country making them up or basing them on very poor ground and just to create and promote a sense of superiority over other cultures.

Then the generalization and poor accuracy of some documentaries .
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Old August 13th, 2014, 09:57 AM   #7

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There are a lot of irritating historical misconceptions that people believe/promote. The one that makes me nearly livid is when someone says:

"Julius Caesar was the first emperor!"

It shouldn't get to me, but it does.

What are some historical misconceptions that you find to be irritating?
Caesar was an imperator though , as were many other generals , infact the word means commander, the one who orders , the one who impose his will .
Then it come to mean the over commander of kings so the ruler above different nations and then the moder meaning .

Unfortunately I find quite irritating the abuse and misuse of this terminology for kind of "elevate" other cultures to a kind of higher social status by tributing "empire" title or "emperor "

For example emperor of Japan is a wrong terminology as he is just a king , on countrary the queen of England was actually an empress as ruled over different nations , as well as it was the king of spain , not so for some of the african kingdoms. Erroneously called empires .
An empire should only be used when you have a large estate composed of different nations and kingdoms , as was the austro ungarian empire .
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I don't even know where to start, haha.

Constantine converting the Roman Empire to Christianity, and the South producing better soldiers than the North during the American Civil War are two that irk me.
Or that the south even had a chance of winning a war of attrition.
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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.
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The claim that Nazi Germany was defeated primarily because of USA's contribution to the war.
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