Tell Again Tuesday
A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.
While for Donald history classes in high school were interesting, for Catherine they were a bore. However both agree if the history had been written with a little more story, rather than so much date information the classes could have been more enjoyable. Now here is a post about the very same idea.
Why Fiction: History, Politics, and Real Human Costs
The gradual disintegration of the Ottoman Empire underlies much unrelenting war, revolution, and vast human suffering that occurred throughout the nineteenth century. The diplomatic issues, for Britain at least, associated with that process are generally referred to as “The Eastern Question.” I stumbled into it researching my next novel. “The Eastern Question” has the dry tone of an academic thesis or the blandness of political discourse. Tidy papers drawn up by politicians in the comfort of Parisian palaces or quiet Swiss cities when the powers negotiate treaties offer cold words and no compassion. For the human story, the real human cost, we’re better off relying on novelists.
First a brief outline of the political history: