01. Objectivity

Andrew Pregnall: Reflections on “An Introduction to Richard Evans’ In Defence of History”

Through examining the work of German historian Sir Richard Evans, Macat History Analysis explores whether it is possible to write a true account of the past. In 1997, Sir Richard Evans published the book In Defence of History in which he pushed back against the postmodernist idea that it is impossible to write an objective …

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“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

  There is a very practiced and nuanced format to which persons are expected to adhere when conducting professional and credible historical work. The aforementioned form falls under the  umbrella of historiographical processes. Of these processes, the unequivocal importance of objectivity stands as a cornerstone, a pillar of necessity that deems lesser all other tenants …

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Carter Man: Objectivity in History

The author (Mark Bevir) attempts to explain how historians can uncover an objective understanding of history. In doing so, he refutes others who suggest such objectivity is impossible to obtain or requires the elimination of human interpretation from the analysis of history. Bevir’s main argument is that an objective account of history can be obtained…