History is huge and education can’t tell us all of it. This means important parts are ignored as the education system focuses on English and American History (Specific history can be taken at degree level). Here are 5 Historical events education forgot.
- The Battle of Culloden: ‘The Battle of Culloden was the final battle in the Jacobite revolution 16th April 1746 AD, part of the English religious civil war to restore the catholic monarch King Charles. There was a decisive government victory, the end of the Jacobite rising and the highlander way of life due to the battle and the extreme famine Scotland experienced as aftermath. The Jacobite revolution affected places as close as Preston (1715)’
- The Battle of Sekigahara: The Battle of Sekigahara, 21st October 1600 AD, was the battle establishing the Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan at the end of the Sengoku Jidai ending the constant war of the clans and setting up the government that would rule till 1868. Tokugawa Ieyasu led the victory against the people loyal to Toyotomi Hideyori.
- Formation of the Iroquois League: The Iroquois League, formed 1142, 5 nations in the southern great lakes came together to try to maintain peace. The original 5 were the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca nations. We mostly know of the league through oral tradition of 2 men, Dekanawida and Hiawatha, and 1 woman Jigonsaseh. They bought the great law of peace to the Iroquoian nations.
- The Battle of Karbala: The Battle of Karbala, 680 AD, Hussain and his companions were killed and the Umayad Caliphate won. Hussain became a martyr and his death was the catalyst for the Abbasid Revolution. This is the basis for the holiday Ashura where Shi’a muslims mourn the death of Hussain. Find out more at: http://the10thday.com
- The Bengal famine: The Bengal famine,1943, killed 2.1 million people in the Indian subcontinent. The deaths started as the result of starvation but diseases such as cholera, malaria and smallpox soon started killing due to the unsanitary conditions and lack of healthcare
These are only a few of the historical events forgotten, history is often written from the side of the victor and so you must occasionally go digging a bit to find some of the stories from the other side and to find more about the cultures that are occasionally overlooked.