What this phrase implies is that a country purposely hides their bad history, when the opposite is true. In Britain, Denmark, Israel, former colonial powers, the history books are OPENLY laced with bigoted language. And they brag about their empire. There is no deliberate attempt to hide anything. The people are OPEN about their bigotry. Period.
That's why the phrase is stupid.
While early records of historical events are influenced by the people that wrote it down, later versions can be written by historians with different biases. Only when original sources are destroyed can historical records be corrupted. When original sources remain, 'neutral' historians can revisit the events and write about them from a different perspective. In the information age destroying information has become very difficult.
Its because every winner has a story behind his/her win which will be very much full of struggle.They also have got misery and defeat many times but the only difference in them is that even after falling they didn't give up and stood up to reach their destination.We can take example of Abraham lincoln,former president of US. So its not so that history is full of about winners because they have also got many defeats.
History might be written by the victor at times but what becomes historical record is what makes the best story, This is however not the case for anthropology and similar disciplines where evidence writes the history books. Even in modern time as we record historic events the accounts are often not factual.
Most of us get are education in school. And schools are run by the government. The government tells the schools what to teach. And this is how we are influenced. But glory be to the internet we are able to get more sides of the story because the freedom of information over the web.
But i would largely to government controls what we get taught. Like I live in Quebec and the government requires that we learn the French side of the history. And We dont really get taught the english in highschool.
For example, the founding fathers of the U.S. When they signed the Declaration of Independence, the literally committed treason. They also allied themselves with France, a country that was at war with Britain at the time. Had we lost the Revolutionary War, instead of being honored as our nations leaders, they would have been hung as traitors to their country.
Look at WWII, if Germany had won, do you think Hitler would be looked at as a monster? No, he would have been considered a great hero of Germany.
Seeing that it is the winner of conflicts who is held on high, it is his word that others listen to and not the one he defeated.