Brian since this is a stamp forum and not a history forum I suppose
we can't get into discussions purely about history. Otherwise
the Admin/Moderators will lock or delete the thread.
What I meant by grey areas is the fact that history is seen differently by the various
peoples/countries/etnics/religions etc etc involved.
In addition over time sometimes rightly sometimes wrongly the facts about a certain event or wars
is changed or revised.
Just look at what happened in the former Yugoslavia twenty years ago.
Serbs, Croats, Bosnian Serbs, Bosnian Croats, Bosnian Muslims
all believed and probably some still believe they were right
and good and the others were bad & evil.
You mention the Civil War. Even though I'm Canadian we were taught
US history and I have read a few books about it since.
Fifty years ago the main reason given for the cause of the war was
states rights NOT slavery.
Now when I read anything about the Civil War its always about slavery.
Lincoln, in a letter to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862
My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.
I'm also surprised that you believe that The social, political, and economic reasons behind these actions and inactions are not history
IMO , all these factors contribute to any event especially wars, revolutions,etc. If thats not part of history then what is?