History reflects more of society's prejudices and the need to maintain the current status quo of control than it does what really happened. Real history is synonymous with conspiracy, but we have been programmed to deride and dismiss conspiracy in favour of comforting fairy tales.
Untold History: Stalin, the Soviet Union and WWII (Jan 2013)
Many people think that the US won the Second World War. Actually the US and the British were fighting 10 German divisions whereas the Russians were fighting 200 German divisions. This is reflected in the massive Soviet casualties of 27 million. Peter Kuznick is interviewed on this.
Untold History: Early US Imperialism, Hitler, Roosevelt, Spanish Civil War (Dec 2012)
Historian Peter Kuznick is interviewed by Real News on the book and series he co-authored with Oliver Stone called The Untold History of the Untied States. Roosevelt could easily have taken a stronger stance against facism, but the hope was to play off Germany against Russia.
Oliver Stone on the Untold History of the United States (Dec 2012)
Director Oliver Stone, along with historian Peter Kuznick, has produced an exposé on the official version of World War II, Vietnam and more recent American history, showing that what we are taught in school is a fairy story concocted for political reasons. (See Part 2 here.)
12,000 year-old Structure in South-Eastern Turkey / History Channel (Aug 2011)
In 1994, a shepherd noticed a tip of a stone sticking out of his field. That was the start of an excavation of Göbekli Tepe, a 12,000 year-old Neolithic complex that predates Mesepotamia by 6,000 years, and is now the oldest known religious man-made structure known.
Ancient Mayan 'night sun' temple (2012)
A 1,600-year-old Mayan temple dedicated to the "night sun" has been found on top of a pyramid tomb in a northern Guatemalan forest. It is ornately decorated with 1.5m tall succo masks which depict phases of the sun as it moves east to west, and has been designed to stream sunlight around the tomb. More than half the temple has now been excavated since excavations began in 2006 and shows the close connection between the king Pa'Chan ("fortified sky"), thought to be the governer and founder of the first El Zotz dynasty and the sun which was held to be sacred by the Maya. [more info]