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C. Is “Objective” History possible or even desirable?

▪ On this basis perhaps we should aim for objective history; to tell it as it really was; to limit ourselves to only those things which can be proven.

▪ However, whilst some "facts" are beyond dispute, this does nothing to challenge the view that history is essentially a fiction.

▪ In conclusion, factual history is impossible; but it is also utterly undesirable. The point of history is not to collect facts, but to deal with interpretations, lessons, morals, values; to engage in a dialogue with the past with one eye on the present. Historians encourages individuals to look outwards at the world, and then inwards to form mature opinions and judgements, rather than wallow in the ignorance which produces prejudices, bigotry and bias.

 

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