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If I ruled the world: Antony Beevor

States must stop trying to rewrite history

By Antony Beevor   June 2015

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As world ruler, I would prevent countries from attempting to control history. One saw the way the historian David Irving, who in 2005 was sent to prison by an Austrian court for denying the Holocaust, could make himself out to be a victim and a martyr. Then there was former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who tried to outlaw the denial of the Armenian genocide in 2012. It was opportunistic and designed to get the Armenian vote. This is a state attempt to control history,…

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