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Response to Pab Sungenis (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 01:05 PM

8. Historical Context

You're right about the sins of the father, etc, but people shouldn't be ripped from their historical and cultural context to be judged against modern standards in any case. It's something that annoys me when people today call someone like Darwin or Lincoln - who were enlightened by the standards of their day - racists or homophobic. Historical fiction often suffers from having their good guys having to reject the common prejudices of their day and that makes them less believable.

Someone born in 1880's Germany being a Nazi is very different from someone born in post-war Germany being a Nazi considering the times they lived through.

Sorry, probably not the point you were trying to make, but a personal bugaboo of mine.

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