scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,073
Research Essay on Why Historians Disagree By Brian Waxman Throughout American History the views of many historians conflict reflecting the various influences of the time and place in which they lived A famous saying goes Each generation writes its own history Among primary influences in the lives of historians that effect the view of the history they document are Social circumstances religious beliefs contemporary ethnic stereotypes as well as sexual attitudes Historians also disagree as a result of their own social religious ethnic and sexual differences Personal ideology is one of the greatest sources of disagreement among historians a scholars assumptions about the past the present politics and society To quote from Why historians Disagree There are as many different ways of viewing a historical event as there are historians viewing itThe history of the world like the life of an individual has so many facets such vast complexities so much that is unknowable that there will always be room for new approaches to understanding itA supreme example of this idea is shown when historians analyze a very important event in American history the American Revolution One has to ask the question was the American Revolution revolutionary or not revolutionary Well one might ask what the definition of the word revolution the Websters New world Dictionary defines revolution as a complete or radical change of any kind In that case we have to ask was the American revolutionary in the fact that it was colonists wanting a change in rule from British to American or was it not revolutionary that it was just colonists trying to reclaim their rights as EnglishmenOne of the first historians to write about the revolution was George Bancroft He wrote during the 19th century when most scholars held by the assumption of that era that the theme of American history was the quest for liberty The Revolution was therefore viewed as a struggle of liberty versus tyranny between America and
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA