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A Historian must combine the rigour of a mathematician with the imagination of an artist. To what extent, then, can historians be confident about their conclusions?

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A Historian must combine the rigour of a mathematician with the imagination of an artist. To what extent, then, can historians be confident about their conclusions? History...what is History? "It is merely a subject that concentrates all the dates of important historical events that have taken place in the last 200 decades." This is how history is viewed among many insular people. These outlandish statements are built on no solid grounds and just demonstrate the enormity of this misconception. An article on any historical event may take as long as years or eve4n decades to publish yet do not contain the absolute truth. Why is this? There are series of never ending obstacles that face all historians; it is entirely up to them to decide how far they want to give up on their quest for obtaining the ultimate truth. The ultimate truth cannot be achieved because it is purely human nature to be biased. It would therefore be impossible for any human being to produce a perfect analysis of any historical event, as we are prone to lean over one side of the story. ...read more.

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Historians can overcome all these setbacks to draw their conclusions by training-themselves in these fields. With the imagination or an artist, a historian can train himself to use his imagination and arouse all sorts of possibilities and link different events carefully. Another imaginative contribution by an artist's imagination is the means of coming up with more questions to answer. This will lead to extensive amounts of research which will in turn help the historian to expand his confined outlook to a broader spectrum of understanding. This will continuously assist any historian to be reasonably confident with his or her conclusions. This imagination is very important to any historian if he or she wants to be reasonably confident with their conclusions because these are some of the means by which a historian draws himself or herself away from responding like a normal human being would. I suppose one can go to the extreme to say that a historian's aim is to make their conclusions from an alien's point of view. ...read more.

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Some of the obstacles as I mentioned before that face historians are biasness, involvement of their own emotions and judgment drawing logical conclusions, being able to ask more questions and being able to get as many sources as possible. These obstacles have extensive effects on the final conclusions drawn by historians as shown by the U.S Presidential poll; therefore it is exclusively up the historians to decide how confident they are of their conclusions. I can only say that historians can if they want obtain very close to perfect conclusions if they successfully overcame the above mentioned obstacles and trained themselves thoroughly in these fields. The process of getting realistic conclusions will not take one or two nights but may take as long as years or even decades in some cases. Therefore historians the choice is entirely up to the historians to make and decide how confident they are with their conclusions. 1 "Public Opinion," Microsoft(r) Encarta(r) 97 Encyclopedia. (c) 1993-1996 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. ?? ?? ?? ?? Word Count: 1399 1 ...read more.

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