I've been reading Lawrence James "The Rise and Fall of the British Empire". It's a survey of British Colonial history and seems to be written from a fairly objective historical standpoint (Dr. Lawrence is of course English). Coincidently, I recently happened to see one of those old 'Schoolhouse Rock' cartoons about American history (it played EVERY saturday morning during the bicentennial year). I was particularly amused at how they treated the Revolutionary War: King George III dictator. Bad. Very Bad. Good guys handily win indepedence and the country grows from coast to coast apparently without any civil war or native american genocide.
OK, I understand that Schoolhouse Rock is intended for children and therefore a simplified version of history is called for. I'm not actually arguing that children shouldn't get a simplified version of history, but how about a simplified objective lessons in history. The thing that struck me watching Schoolhouse Rock is how blantantly jingoistic our children's history education is. I am curious if children in the UK receive any more objective treatment of their nation's history or were all of England's wars Just and Righteous under the divinely annointed Sovereign?