No discipline has been more praised or more criticized than the
writing of history. Cioero claimed that history teaches men how to
live. Aris totle denied it the very name of science and regwded
poetry as the higher wisdom. At various times history has been
assigned a command ing or a demeaning statIUs in the hierarchy of
sciences. Today one can admire the increasing precision and
sophistication of the methods used by historia:ns. On the other
hand, Thucydides' History of the PeZo ponesian War still serves as
the ideal model of how to reconstruct the historical past. Even
those who deny the possibility of an objective reconstruction of
the past would themselves likie to be recorded by historians,
"objectively" or not. Dislike of history and fear of its verdict
are not incompatible with reverence and awe for its practitioners,
the historians. So man's attitude to history is ambiguous. The
controversy about history continues. Widely differing issues are at
stake. Historians themselves, however, are the least engaged in the
struggle. Rarely does a historian decide to open the door of his
study and join in the melee about the meaning of history. More
often he slams it shut and returns to his studies, oblivious of the
fact that with the passage of thne the gap between his scientific
work and its audience might widen. The historian does not shun the
battle, he merely chooses his own battleground.
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