Friday, March 12, 2010

Has history got past "revisionism'?

How long has it been since you heard someone called a “revisionist,”[?] .... I think it’s been nearly a decade since I’ve heard these terms in serious conversations.
Historiann hopes that serious historians have mostly got past the idea that history is about establishing Unchanging Truth. Are we now in a position where what used to be assailed as "revisionism" is now accepted simply as inevitable differences in interpretation? Or is it just that historians are now so tribal that they hardly bother having discussions across ideological barriers?

The comments are many and interesting. But no one seems to note how attitudes to the label "revisionist" were affected by Holocaust deniers, whose attempt to position themselves as revisionists (as if they offered a legitimate re-interpretation of the historical evidence) did a lot to tarnish the term itself.
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