A Great War student musing on the historian’s duty to truth.
Kevin poses a difficult question: To whom are historians ultimately responsible? The somewhat cliché response is that historians have a duty to their fellow man to (in the future) avoid mistakes made in the past. While I agree with this, I think that historians have a duty to themselves to interpret history in ways that are clear to them, and translate that understanding into something tangible for other scholars and students to critique. History is history. There is simply no changing that. The conundrum, however, is interpreting that history in a way that makes sense to people in the modern world.
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