The Twitter problem that could change history

The issue of historical accuracy isn't a uniquely Ukraine-Russia story, Jason Steinhauer says.

Story highlights

  • Jason Steinhauer: Historians are weighing in as debates about past rage on social media
  • Only they can provide nuanced analysis based on academic research, Steinhauer says

Jason Steinhauer is the director of Villanova University's Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.

(CNN)Those distracted by our recent political theater may have missed an extraordinary international incident at the end of May: Russia and Ukraine got into a Twitter war about history.