History is literally «his» «story» and yet it seems that many lose sight of that one simple fact when attempting to explain and define what «history» is. Although this way of defining history would seem to be self-evident, those in the field seem to prefer making that which is simple complex. In order to understand this need for complexity one must first understand the importance of defining history as «his story».
Merriam-webster.com, provides the following two relevant definitions of «story»:
a : an account of incidents or events
b : a statement regarding the facts pertinent to a situation in question
Although the two definitions are closely related many historians seem bound and determined to completely ignore the difference. This has had the unfortunate consequence of producing a discipline in search of a mission and whose primary focus is no longer the study of history, but rather the question…
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