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Subject: Re: Peanuts and strange perspectives
From: mike brown <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:mike brown <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 20 Apr 1999 14:57:13 +1000

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Sgrifennodd Dafydd:

>>Now my grasp of English is really letting me down: what on Earth
>>is a "lateral perspective of history"?
>   My guess is that it refers to an alternative interpretation (or, as history
>is interpretation an alternative history). A lateral perspective would be a
>history as seen from a different side. I have nothing against such histories
>so long as they are supported by facts and so long as they have not been
>contrived to further an agenda.

Thank you, Dave - that's just about what I meant. As this is a discussion
list, and not a university research list, I thought I'd be well within its
jurisdiction to question the dominant discourse known and taught as
'history'. I'm not a historian, or an archaeologist or an anthropologist, I
just like the way post-modern theorists 'deconstruct' current knowledge
('law' being my area) and so I'm merely interested in throwing some ideas
around to be discussed - such as alternatives to the usual research methods.
And why not? I'm not writing a thesis on this, or presenting myself as a
scholar on the subject (which I pointed out a couple of posts ago) - I just
find it interesting and enjoyable to discuss.

>>By the way, have a peanut.
>>   Thanks. I threw all mine away.

Seems like David has plenty to spare.


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