http://www.openculture.com/2014/01/george-orwell-explains-in-a-revealing-1944-letter-why-hed-write-1984.html

George Orwell based a lot of his book 1984 on events he saw taking place during World War 2. He felt like commonly known history might not be the true version of events. He felt as though countries with heightened senses of Nationalism lied about what the history was to make themselves seem like those nations were “the hero”. And that generally wasn’t the case. He writes in his letters about how he realizes that while some nations (England and the USA in particular) don’t accept totalitarian governments yet, they may accept some parts of such a government (like secret police, and falsification of history) as long as it is “in their favor”

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