Reading Response

History in the New Millennium

One of the largest controversy for historians is in finding the truth. The purpose of historians to write history from the small facts they have. It is extremely important for historians to write an accurate history on their subjects the best they can. To not write the truth is not only wrong it is a form of misinterpretation of the past that can have horrible effects on the future. Especially when the history is of a horrendous act perpetrated by one group to another and was highly involved in an actual world war. This controversy was on the denial of the Holocaust by David Irving. This result in one the largest and most known historical trials. The trial was brought ton by Irving filing a lawsuit against British professor Deborah Lippstadt on the basis of libel and labeling him a Holocaust denier. In the aftermath of the trial, it showed the importance of historical trying to find the truth and accurate conclusions in history. Another outcome was the difference and problems of labeling someone a historian when they are not. The trial brought up many questionable testimony over Irving’s status as a historian. It showed numerous accounts of plagiarize and falsehoods in his works and other historians too.

The next hurdle for historical accuracy is the internet. More likely the amount of unfiltered access and muddling of history in entertainment make it more difficult to establish a common or correct truth outside of the history field. The historical methodologies do not transfer well to the expansion of the internet making it difficult to study and pay attention to any inaccuracies. Another problem is the transfer of history on the internet and issues historians have of making available valid and accurate history. When looking for historical research it is more often that not a student will have to look in both the online and paper resources because of this or may find certain research that is cut off. Also in the classroom, professors run into the problem of not only losing out on information but on the student’s attention in class through the internet. More people having more access to more information comes with a cost though. This information may not be filtered accordingly and can easily carry falsehoods that are left unchecked. If the student has access to it all. The presentation of these histories is also changing. If the student has access to the research what is the best way to get the information across that is still involved and will not bore the student or deter them from wanting to learn more.

To do so it is important to look towards expanding history globally. To globalize history is a very difficult task because the amount of historians who have the time and knowledge to do so. Expanding history is important because it is one of the ways to make sure that everyone’s story is being told and to help fight any inaccuracies that can arise from historical research. Opening up the different avenues of history to those who have been marginalized, any that are not white males, is a way to also find historical truths and different viewpoints on the same event. To be global also means stepping away from Western centered research and history that paints the West as the producer and not a product of globalization and migration.