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The future of history

What is History? EH Carr's famous question has been answered by post-modernists who argue that writing history is simply about power, and that all interpretations are equally valid. The post-modernists (and Carr) are wrong

By Richard J Evans   October 1997

What is history? How do we know about the past, given that it is no longer directly accessible to our senses? Can historical knowledge be objective, or does it simply reflect the perspective of the individual historian? These are questions that have implications far beyond the discipline of history itself; they touch upon the much bigger problem of how far society can ever attain the kind of objective certainty about the great issues of our time that can serve as a basis for taking vital decisions for our future.

For over three decades now, the answers to these questions have…

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