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Telling The Truth About History I am writing a book review of Telling The Truth About History by Joyce Appleby Lynn Hunt and Margaret Jacob In this book the authors talk about the increased skepticism and the position that relativism has lessen our ability to actually know and to write about the past The book discusses the writing of history and how people are struggling with the issues of what is truth It also discusses the postmodernist movement and how future historians can avoid the mistakes by historians from the past Telling The Truth About History gives great insight and knowledge to those who are non-historians because it looks at the dispute and inadequacy of past historical approaches to the study of history and that science is dead I hold that history was not written in Labs and therefore cannot be compared to science In my review I will critique the three-absolutist ideas made by Newton and Darwin First Appleby Lynn and Jacob discussed the ideas concerning history The first idea described how Newton and Darwin became chief examples of the Heroic model of science Then in a later chapter the authors show how Newton and Darwin fell from grace and the effect this had on history as a discipline Nevertheless early historians felt that the way to find the truth was though science Early historians felt that through science they could become neutral and reconstruct the past exactly as it happened 241 I analyze that Newton and Darwin made new scientific discoveries through research and mathematics In addition the study of History had recently become a profession and historians held experiments math and research as their key to discover absolute truth in history Science was also considered to be unbiased This kind of approach was most commonly accepted until the early 20th Century when scientists began to become the tools of governments and political agen das One example of this is the
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