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History or accepted facts about the past used to be considered a natural science of how it really was thus a historical fact was equal to the fact of a natural science However scientific facts are independent of the scientist and modern historians have discarded Rankes1 view Some historical facts have a similar nature to that of scientific facts The year in which Brazil was discovered or the name of Soviet Communist leader in 1940 can be considered independent of the historian However history is more than just these simple facts it includes the interpretation of these facts the processing of them into a narrative with causes and effects This interpretation can be as valid for recounting the past as it is valid for telling us about the writer and the period in which it was written Study the historian before you begin to study the facts The main complication of history is identifying what is fact and what is an interpretation derived from those facts Its common belief that Hitler was responsible for the death of six million Jews but is there indubitable evidence that an investigation was conducted and proved the death of all six million or was this derived from a historian who made this judgment based on facts or evidence such as the concentration camps journal entries and accounts of survivors In the case that this is an interpretation of a historian it may be distrusted if we find a reason for bias in the historian which in this extreme example is not the case Usually this isnt problematic as most historians should always thoroughly analyze the accuracy of their sources and might even apply Platos tests for justified true belief for certainty a three-question test that historians should ask themselves before accepting the original facts There are other problems of history which derive from the historian Its impossible for a historian to be omniscient and have all
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