For the original website see here.
Fine, point taken, however, what does this tell us about how to approach the past, it’s nature and accessibility for us?
it is to interpret the past for the purposes of the present with a view to managing the future, but to do so without suspending the capacity to assess the particular circumstances in which one might have to act, or the relevance of past actions to them.
Gaddis, John Lewis (2002-11-14). The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past (Inaugural Lectures) (pp. 10-11). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.
Here Gaddis touches on a major historiographical debate:
What is History for: To illuminate the past, To inform the present, or to interpret the future?
If nothing else, Gaddis’s approach is a noble attempt to take the high road, suggesting that each piece is essential for the historian, that true and useful history involves…
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