Quotation – History

Corroborative detail is the great corrective.
It is a disciplinarian.
It forces the historian who uses and respects it to cleave to the truth,
or as much as he can find out of the truth.

I am a disciple of the ounce, because I mistrust history in gallon jugs, whose purveyors are more concerned with establishing the meaning and purpose of history than with what happened.

Is it necessary to insist on a purpose?

The lilies of the field, as I remember, were not required to have a demonstrable purpose.
Why cannot history be studied and written and read for its own sake,as the record of human behavior, the most fascinating subject of all?

~ Barbara Tuchman

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