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History and Objective Truth – Looking Back on the Spanish War from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

October 18th, 2011 · No Comments · History, Spanish Civil War, The Media, Totalitarianism

This kind of thing is frightening to me, because it often gives me the feeling that the very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. After all, the chances are that those lies, or at any rate similar lies, will pass into history. How will the history of the Spanish war be written? If Franco remains in power his nominees will write the history books, and (to stick to my chosen point) that Russian army which never existed will become historical fact, and schoolchildren will learn about it generations hence.

Again, he’s hoeing the ground from which 1984 will spring here…

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