Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
Why does the term "popular history" put you into a certain mood of PO'd?
Mostly likely because I did not sleep well last night.
But to the extent there's a substantive component (semi-rational reason for PO'ness), it would be the implication that history must be refined or packaged somehow -- by dumbing it down or embedding a story of time-traveling stoners (pot-smoking dudes).
And while I don't think this is what is generally meant by the term "popular history", to my mind it has a suggestion of history presented in a fashion calculated to conform to what people want to hear.