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“I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful Rebukes.”

When we think of World War Two, we are often greeted with imagery of patriotism, immense struggle for the greater good, and the triumph of democracy over those who would oppress and conquer. We see Marines raising the Stars and Stripes over Iwo Jima, Patton standing stoically on the slopes of Italy’s mountains, or the …

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Helen Goggins: Objectivity in History

In K. Anbalakan’s article, “Objectivity in History: An Analysis”, informs the reader of the different perspectives surrounding the notion of objective history. The idea of objective history dates back to Herodotus who believed a true form of history is achieved by gathering facts from both sides of a specific event that the history is being […]

Objectivity and Bias in the Study of History: Is Objectivity Achievable?

The article I was assigned to read and critique dealt with explaining the practice of history as a scientific endeavor, rather than as a subsection of literature. The author, Mamta Aggarwal, begins her argument by stating that when writing or studying history it is inevitable that there will be subjectivity and personal bias. Her argument …

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Cece Burger: Can History be Objective? By Matthieu Watson Santerre

Matthieu Watson Santerre is a Master’s student in History of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Santerre has published and posted several articles on a variety of topics. In September of 2014 he decided to address the question, is there an amount of time between facts and historical analysis/writing that …

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In Defense of History and Postmodernism

Richard Evan’s wrote the book “In Defense of History” in 1997 to fight of those who believe in Postmodernism.  In order to explain this, we must first define postmodernism. According to Merriam Webster, postmodernism can be defined as:  of, relating to, or being a theory that involves a radical reappraisal of modern assumptions about culture, …

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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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