Forging The Partial Narrative : The Causatum Of The Human Historian

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Forging the Partial Narrative: The Causatum of the Human Historian
History is a truly fascinating concept. It is a recorded truth; an inevitable phenomenon that remains dormant until acted upon; exhumed by the discerning historian to forge a coherent narrative. This historical construct, however, is subject to the personal biases and interpretation of a single human individual whose views are shaped by upbringing and a unique life experience. Alexander Pope’s age-old adage, to err is human, is no more relevant than when referenced in the context of historical study. It is an inescapable truth, that for all artifacts and accounts left by our past as a human civilization, accurate or otherwise, history remains the hybridization of the partial historian and the analyses of authentic artifacts. It should only be considered a boon to the modern historian that through this unwittingly slanted and selective interpretation, a thorough chronology is developed through the discernment and collaboration of a multitude of perspectives.
Howell and Prevenier prefaced their book From Reliable Sources with a basic and concise summary of what historiography truly is at its very core: the stories that all cultures and peoples tell about our prior selves (2001, 1). To say nothing of nostalgia and idealism, this introduces several issues that require the caution and attention of all historians, regardless of their focus. Bias and limited perspective plague the entire field, beginning at the…

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