History buffs, what is a commonly held misconception that drives you up the wall every time you hear it?

History buffs, what is a commonly held misconception that drives you up the wall every time you hear it?

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  1. That the Boston Tea Party was some patriotic protest against taxes. That is totally wrong.

    Rather, it was a protest by the local tea smugglers that there was no more tea duty — it destroyed their smuggling business.

  2. Oh God, where to begin…
    That the Europeans in the Middle Ages didn’t bathe, that the US was founded as a Christian nation (Treaty of Tripoli, anyone?), the pyramids were built by slaves, that ye olde life expectancy was abysmally short (only of you’re one of those darn infants bringing the average down…).

    I better stop there, I’m working myself up.

  3. That Neanderthals were monosyllabic brutes. There’s no evidence of that whatsoever. Their brains were bigger than ours and casts of the inside of their skulls show that they had all the same structures our brains had. Their tool making was comparable to any Homo sapiens’ took making (at least before the Great Leap Forward) and they lived in communities just like we did.

    We also regularly mated with them and had kids, which I really don’t think we would if they were little more than quasi-gorillas.

  4. That white people were the only ones that traded in slavery. Forgetting about north and east africa where natives sold others mostly to the middle east. White women brought high prices and were often shipped great distances. Women in russia were also traded to the middle east.

  5. that

    just because we enjoy history more then the everyday smoke and mirrors, that hasn’t been filtered through time to distill the truths from the falsities,

    does not mean that we have more muscles, are beefcakes, or are more ripped then the average person,

    history buff is a name that society labeled us,

    and we identify as historical units

    pulling in data

    and spitting knowledge on you’ll weak commoners

  6. That if you were a Peasant you could marry who ever you wanted for love and if you were a noble, royal or the like you could only marry for power During the Medieval period.

    Higher class people could and did (though it wasn’t common) marry for love and most of the time Peasant marriages were arranged for the same reason as noble ones were, to link two families together, you very rarely got to marry who you liked it was usually who your parents liked.

    Also Prima nocta has, as far as I know was never actually being recorded as a thing.

  7. That France is a weak nation. While they did surrender in WW2 the French resistance provided information and carried out sabotage that was extremely useful to the allies. They also have a long and storied military history fighting the English and Spanish. And the US owes its independence to France as they provided weapons, uniforms and training to the colonists as well as providing us with a Navy that could compete with the English Navy making it harder for them to land troops and equipment.

  8. That marconi invented the radio. He did not! Nikola Tesla did Marconi invented it after Tesla. Also I think Vincent Van Gogh accidentally killed himself. I think he originally planned on killing himself but changed his mind, based on how the gun was fired the gunshot had to come from the ground at an angle impossible for Van Gogh to do himself. I think he dropped the gun in a way that when it hit the ground it went off, shooting Vincent in the stomach.

  9. Nothing drives me up the wall when it comes to History. I love to inform people and get them asking questions. History has been taught in such a dry manner and now that we have internet, we are able to take pages worth of text and condense it into entertaining information instead of a single paragraph in a book that covers whole decades.

    My “favorite” common misconception is that the Nazi Army was the most advanced, fully mechanized fighting force in the world. The truth is a handful of people were put in charge of portraying that image and they were so good at their job that this image still holds up today.

    The Axis was never, ever going to win. The Allies just hsd their heads in the sand and didn’t stop Hitler when they could, and they had many chances. If WW2 looked like the end report of a Chess game, it would look a little like this:

    Allies – 9,500 Mistakes 500 Blunders, 1,000 Missed Wins.

    Axis – 5,000 Mistakes, 200 Blunders, 5 Missed Wins.

  10. The “carrots are good for your eyes” myth, and the fact that it’s kewl now to downplay the USA’s role in defeating Germany in WWII.

    The Lend/Lease Program, motherfucker, do you speak it? We out-economiced those Nazis.

  11. Both genders were oppressed, the were oppressed in completely different ways but they were equally oppressed. Yeah women were stuck at home in the kitchen but men were forced to die for their country, heck there have been reports that during world war one and two that a lot of men tried to get STDs in order to leave the war effort because they were scared.

  12. The myth about the Vomitorium

    The story goes that Roman nobility would go there to eat so much till they puked and would then continue eating.

    It was just the name for the Colosseum entrance.

  13. That bushido is some ancient, archaic code of honor held by samurai that made them totally infallible and above the “dishonorable” acts that shinobi would commit.

  14. Marie Antoinette’s famous “let them eat cake” or “let them eat brioche”. She literally never said it. She was 9 at the time and it was entirely made up.

  15. Plate armor was just a big stumpy wumpy and immobile. The germam zweihander (great sword for those who think of longswords) were useless.

    It was a scary combat suit that had manouverability beyond earth. The reason this one comes to mind is because as the ages came, armies were reforming and there was need for betrer armor/weapons. So when having to take steel for them, they took the combat armor and left the tournament armor, since it was prettier. Not always like that, but it was common to recycle armor in later centuries for different purposes.

    Zweihander weighted max 7 kg, on average bellow 5. They were used for two centuries. The techniques used werent however traditional sword techniques, rather, imagine a fighter using a pole for a fight. Casualy twisting, stabing and slashing with every side of the stick. Same goes for Zweihander. Each side of the sword was weapon on itself, though one would cut and the others would break bones. This however meant that its better to use this weapon as a light infatry, since plate gauntlets did limit the movement of your hands slightly, which is enough to render the weapon for its inteded use only. Make way for your soldiers to fight against pikemen

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