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In my experience, as a general rule, local historians tend to be superior to foreign historians. The reasons for this are that local historians generally tend to be a lot more detailed about their local history and they often have access to local data sources which are unavailable to a foreign scholar. Whenever I go to Europe I am always amazed by how ...


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I do not know much about history of Philippines, but usually it is better to have several different perspectives. National historians are frequently biased, but some foreign historians may be biased as well. The best books that I read about recent history of Russia, for example are written by British and US historians. And I would be delighted to read a ...


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Isaiah 20:1 is key in its reference to Sargon. Two hundred years ago, none of the major historians, Herodotus and Xenophon included, had any clue as to who Sargon was. Of course, the higher critics of the period took this and ran with it. Until the year 1843, when the excavation at Khorsabad were started. Sargon's Palace was magnificent and Isaiah mentioning ...


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It has been said that Sinclair's "Jungle" was "aimed for the [American] public's heart and hit it in the stomach." That is to say that the main result was widespread calls for a reform of food processing practices, and the creation of the Food and Drug Administration to oversee this Sinclair was decidedly left of center, probably socialist, and his book may ...


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From what I have observed professional Historians seek to create a narrative that explain specific events that are recorded. For instance one of my professor's looks at the social status females Jews in Perugia during the Middle Ages. She is seeking to tell a story that represents them, their beliefs and views. Also she looks at what external factors shape ...


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This is a very valid question and the answer, traditionally, is that the historian uses their judgement in combination with logic and collateral information to evaluate claims. First of all, many historians make no claim as to the authenticity of the information they are reporting, they just report it. For example, Herodotus will just say "so-and-so told me ...


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The most common approach to class, especially class conflict in the, is a Marxist approach. Marx took a cyclic view of history from Hegelian "thesis antithesis." he ultimately viewed the synthesis of the thesis, bourgeois, and the antithesis, proletariat, in to a Marxist communist state. Postmodernist are also extremely class conscious, dealing with ...


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They have to be careful, and even so there are controversies and mistakes. What is known about the author, and did he or she have an agenda? Consider the Donation of Constantine. Do any artifacts support the story? Schliemann's discovery of Troy is an example. Are there any other sources? Would one expect other sources if the story was real? Extraordinary ...



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