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History Stops with Totalitarianism – Remembering the Spanish War from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

October 18th, 2011 · No Comments · History, Journalism, Newspapers, The Media, Totalitarianism

I remember saying once to Arthur Koestler, ‘History stopped in 1936’, at which he nodded in immediate understanding. We were both thinking of totalitarianism in general, but more particularly of the Spanish civil war. Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie.

You can clearly see the genesis of 1984 in this essay.

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