I am liking Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcasts. I listened to the one about Japan 1850-1945 when I was face down the first time I was face down. I've listened to a few others and have just started on the 6 hours of Ceasar's conquest of Gaul. He is a little overdramatic - by which I mean he describes unpleasant things more accurately than we like these days. I sometimes thing "Dis we need to keep this part in?" and then remember that this was someone's reality years ago. Everyone but us suffered enormously in their lives, really. With the medical care and painkillers that didn't exist, plus the intermittent hunger and epidemics worldwide, we really have only the faintest idea how people lived. Perhaps costuming should be banned not because of cultural appropriation and stereotype, but because it romanticizes horrible suffering.
Something that occurs to me every time I read about how history is now taught is the misleading nature of every description of one group harming or oppressing another. These days it is Western Europeans, especially males, being held up as examples of how terrible they were to other people. All true, but compared to whom? When a modern student is told how terribly People A suffered at the hands of People B, she very naturally contrasts this to her current comfortable life, not to the life of every other human being on the planet at the time of the historical mistreatment. The life of a Brazilian slave was horrendous, beyond our imagining - but maybe not worse than his cousin's back in Africa. The Great Powers were racist, which fueled the anger of Japan, who responded to the insult by horribly killing...millions of Chinese people.
There just isn't anywhere to go. The lot of mankind has been mostly suffering, with breaks of celebration and joy. It pays to keep that in mind when reading Scripture as well, and the discussions of unfairness, injustice, and loving enemies. We don't understand a fraction of it.