Carr’s Writings on History

In Carr’s writings on history, I found it interesting how many historical approaches to documenting history there are. The idea of recording history without bias I know is very difficult to do without adding your own interpretations, but it was interesting to read that throughout time the struggle between facts and interpretation has been a point of conflict. The idea of a “fact” isn’t really that simple. Which facts are chosen to be highlighted by historians and the arrangement of those known facts reveal what the historians believes to be more important. Therefor it trumps other facts and reveals bias. I also found interesting Carr’s point that the best historians tend to be the most ignorant, not knowing and choosing to leave out facts in order to structure clearer frameworks to make sense of things in.

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