>>89309 This book specifically or the series as a whole? Series as a whole was nice, and this book was pretty interesting. Actually said "You may feel sorry for the Incas and the Aztecs being conquered by invaders, but how do you think THEY became empires? THEY CONQUERED AND INVADED!" instead of saying "WAAAA POOR NATIVE AMERICANS WHITE PEOPLE ARE SUCH BULLIES!" Terry Deary's a pretty nice writer, and Mark Brown's illustrations are ok, if a bit simplistic.
>>89361 I feel like it can be good for casual reading as well. I like sitting down in a restaurant while eating a nice meal and reading about toad eaters and victorian era begging, involving eating rotten bread. Really works up an appetite.
>>89339 Interesting. I won't feel bad about French Jews being murdered by the nazis. After all, they were part of France, and France had a pretty nasty history of colonialism. They deserved it for being in the wrong country.
>I'm not a historian, and I wouldn't want to be. I want to change the world. Attack the elite. Overturn the hierarchy. Look at my stories and you'll notice that the villains are always, always, those in power. The heroes are the little people. I hate the establishment. Always have, always will.“” - Terry Deary, The Guardian 14 July 2012
>>89339 > the inca caste was full of assholes! > that means you shouldn't feel bad for the remaining twelve million people who died or were enslaved and had little or nothing to do with the ruling class! > literally collective punishment British history, everybody.
>>90010 >collective punishment Meanwhile, when Elgin limits all retribution for Qing torture and mutilation of prisoners to the Emperor's private treasures, and insists on sparing ordinary Chinese people, suddenly he's a barbarous monster committing cultural genocide.
>>89309 Their pretty good. It's refreshing to see books that acknowledge the fact that history isn't all black and white, as many historical revisionist try to do nowadays with their "white man bad, everyone else good". Instead the books acknowledge that pretty much all of history sucked in one way or another, and every nation and every person had both good and bad aspects, and that history is a lot more grey than we'd like it to be at times.
>>89309 I loved it when I was a little kid. Its mostly anedoctic stuff, but still fun. It really helps children get a great perspective in the day-to-day life of previous times, it creates a notion of time and humanity that otherwise would be completely absent
>>90010 Much better than the alternative >incas were beautiful diverse people that did nothing wrong ever ever and the evil conquistadors murdered them because they were peaceful and didn't know about weapons and war!
Responsible for my interest in history now, although when I picked one up a few years ago the first thing I noticed was that he'd written a history of the crusades which erased Byzantium entirely, to the point of calling Anna Comnena a 'Turkish Princess'.
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