History is not a fairytale. It’s not a love story either. History the story of the achievements and the failures of our ancestors; of the terrors and cataclysms as well as the genius and grandeur; of the cruelties, persecutions, and wars as well as the achievements in philosophy, science, literature, engineering, art, and politics. History enables us to learn lessons from the past; it tells us who we are, what our proper place is in the universe. Those who despise history, those who try to distort or obliterate history, are the barbarians. Their rise in politics means the end of a civilization.