History of Mughalstan

Dominik Wujastyk ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK
Wed Aug 30 08:32:36 EDT 2000


On Mon, 28 Aug 2000, Samar Abbas wrote:

>  History reveals  [...]

This is an anthropomorphic metaphor, of course.  History is not a person,
and cannot act.  The information found in history books is created by
historians, and is profoundly contingent on many factors, including their
personal beliefs.

Sensible readers encountering a sentence beginning "History reveals..."
will immediately be on their guard, since what usually follows is the
private opinion of the writer which he or she cannot be troubled to
justify.

I am not saying that Samar Abbas's posting has no merit.

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Dominik Wujastyk
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