Schlesinger Jr., Arthur
April 1963
Foreign Affairs;Apr1963, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p491
The word historian is a relatively unambiguous word. It means simply a man who tries to write history. But the word history is thoroughly ambiguous. It may refer to events which have taken place in the past; or it may refer to the written record of those events. The historian therefore has a double relationship, to the actual experience, and to the subsequent record of the experience. The problem to which the author addresses in this article is the interaction between history, in both senses, and the historian.


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