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History Knowledge Is it possible to write history without bias I will use an example of bias from Korean History as factual basis for my discussion consider if bias really matters and if it can be overcome What is Cultural Bias in History As opposed to personal bias Cultural bias occurs where a historical inference description or explanation is later found to be untrue or unfair relative to the evidence available because of a culture wide interest in information of one kind rather than anotherp41 The example below is an instance of cultural bias because it formed the basic and accepted academic model for the interpretation of 20th Century Korean history Wells pp191192 McCullaghs example of cultural bias is white male history p41 An Example from Korean History Kenneth M Wells writes that 20th Century Korean History has been interpreted largely using a nationalist framework This framework leaves out a vast proportion of important information that does not fall under this areap197 In particular he considers the circumstances of Korean Women in the early 1900s and argues these do fit under the auspices of Nationalism but not in a conventional sense In Korean history it has often been assumed that nationalism works on behalf of all and therefore it is in everyones interest to work on behalf of nationalism p192 But for Korean women mainly confined to the private sphere nationalism has offered little they were wives first and then citizens Even more significantly the nationalist cause was a hindrance to the womens movement because debate in the public sphere was diverted to nationalist issues gender equality was considered secondary to the important task of gaining independence from the Japanese and because womens activities that were not nationalistic were considered irrelevant frivolous or anti-male p218 So clearly the assumption was incorrect and this is an example of bias Can Bias be Overcome McCullagh
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