antihistory

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anti- +‎ history

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antihistory (countable and uncountable, plural antihistories)

  1. (uncountable) Spurious history.
    • 2011, Alan Dershowitz, The Case for Israel, page 213:
      Instead, there was the fraudulent manufacturing of false antihistory. It was the kind of deception for which professors are rightly fired []
    • 2011, Robert C. Williams, The Historian's Toolbox, →ISBN, p. 31 (Google preview):
      The most notorious example of antihistory is historical denial. Historical denial asserts that a well-known event never really happened or that a well-known person never existed.
  2. (countable) A false or fictional narrative describing past events which did not actually occur.
    • 1975, Peter Hanns Reill, The German Enlightenment and the Rise of Historicism, →ISBN, p. 69 (Google preview):
      Rousseau's antihistories paid homage to a time that might have been.
    • 2001, John Kadvany, Imre Lakatos and the Guises of Reason, →ISBN, p. 316 (Google preview):
      [W]e are constantly subject to the danger of creating foundations for the antiethics of Stalinism, the antiscience of Lysenko genetics, and the antihistories of Muscovite historians.

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