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Since German reunification in 1990, historians and researchers have been free to work in the East, where the lost Nazi art collection disappeared.
History is only conjecture, and the best historians try to do it as accurately as they can. They try to accurately reassemble the facts and then put them down on paper.
It doesn't upset artists to find out that artists used lenses or mirrors or other aids, but it certainly does upset the art historians.
The withdrawal of more than half a million Russian troops and dependents from Germany since 1991 is described by historians as 'the biggest pullout ever by an army not defeated in battle.'
Historians partial to Kennedy see matters differently from those partial to L.B.J. Vietnam has become a point of contention in defending and criticizing J.F.K.
Historians will look back and say, 'Foreign policy in the Ford presidency was very much dominated by Kissinger, with a kind of continuity from the Nixon period.' Ford is not going to be remembered as a really significant foreign policy maker.
Presidential legacies are valuable things, too valuable to be left up to historians.
Historians tell the story of the past, novelists the story of the present.
Edmond de Goncourt
You're not a historian, but most historians will tell you that they make very discrete judgment as to what facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape, some length that can be managed.
I look to historians for their power to illuminate not just the invisible lineaments of the present, but also that which is not present. What are the roads that were not taken that most shape our own time?
I feel slightly uneasy at the way historians are consulted as if history is going to repeat itself. It never does.
Historians will handle a much wider range of sources than a biographer and will be covering a broader spectrum of events, time, peoples.
Traditionally art is to create and not to revive. To revive: leave that to the historians, who are looking backward.
Historians once assumed that when childhood mortality was high, people must not have loved their children very much; it would have been too painful. Research has since proved that assumption wrong.
Well goodness knows, goodness knows what historians will write.
We are not merely historians but also and always citizens.
The general consensus among historians, among the ones who can handle the fact that 'Lincoln' is, in fact, historical fiction, is that we demonstrate enormous fidelity to history and that, beyond that, we've actually contributed a line of thinking about Lincoln's presidency that's somewhat original.
You learn different things through fiction. Historians are always making a plot about how certain things came to happen. Whereas a novelist looks at tiny little things and builds up a sort of map, like a painting, so that you see the shapes of things.
A. S. Byatt
Perhaps it is because I'm a writer trained in history that I've always assumed I would make mistakes in my drafts. Historians know how faulty human memory can be.
Historians will have to face the fact that natural selection determined the evolution of cultures in the same manner as it did that of species.
Historians are going to look back on rising China and say America, at least under the Bush years, did not get that wrong.
Thomas P.M. Barnett
Perhaps the most important lesson of the New Social Historians is that history belongs to those about whom or whose documents survive.
I am sure future historians will say the biggest and most astonishing change in politics has been the embracing of all the tenets of Thatcherism by the party of Keir Hardie: trade union legislation, Europe, the replacement of Trident, 10 per cent tax for people who have made millions from their companies.
While historians may go on attempting grand, sweeping and defining narratives, they work in a time when readers know that another narrative always lies in wait, and that the more intelligent an historian is, the more tentative and self-scrutinizing the tone.
I believe that historians and analysts of historical events need the authority of facts supplied by living witnesses to the events, which they make their subject.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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