Answer to Question #175463 in History for Samuel

Question #175463

critically access the argument in support of the view that considers the historians task as unscientific

Expert's answer

The term history has become an ubiquitous word conceptualized differently by various scholars. 

For instance, the Traditional conception of history epitomized by historians like Herodotus (Father 

of History), his great successor Thucydides, Livy and Tacitus, the greatest of the Roman historians,

viewed history as any written narrative of events. 

This definition is however inadequate and unacceptable in view of contemporary realities. First, the definition did not acknowledge the development of history overtime. Second, it did not recognize the division of the discipline into such fields as political, social, economic, military intellectual, constitutional and 

educational history.

 Third, the conception of history as mere narration of events is now archaic because history has metamorphosed from mere description of events into critical and analytical interpretation of events.

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