Zinn, McNeill and Marchak on How Historians Shape History


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Zinn, McNeill and Marchak on How Historians Shape History
Although the art of being a professional historian may require considerable skill, it is simply wrong to conclude that history is an entirely objective exercise; even the most thorough and professional historians are going to have ideological sensibilities, blind-spots, and personal biases – even if they are not consciously aware of them. And, not to be overlooked, the past can serve to shape the present and future by giving those in power a chance to romanticize certain past events – or to conclude that certain groups were disadvantaged historically and deserve special dispensation as a result; the past can also be utilized, it should be noted, to cast certain groups in the role of...
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.....rs of tomorrow will grow up with the perceptions they assumed in childhood. Consequently, it is hardly a wonder that many academicians from particular groups are eager to shape history in a way that serves their own socio-political agendas; doing so is a great way to perpetuate and grow power.
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Marchak (first name not provided). (n.d.). Ideology and social organization. Pp.1-24 (additional information not provide).
McNeill (first name not provided). (1985). Myth-history or truth, myth history and historians. Pp.3-22 (additional information not provided).
Zinn, Howard. (n.d.). Columbus and western civilization. Pp.479-498 (additional information not provided).