One requires a certain amount of distance (20-30 years at least is my standard) to assess events with any hope of accuracy. Immediacy proffers too much bad information and all journalism is tainted by emotional involvement. Here’s a good example of why we should not confuse journalism with history. Or this from CBS.
“History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.”- Etienne Gilson
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“If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.”- Baruch Spinoza
ALL HISTORY IS A NEGOTIATION BETWEEN FAMILIARITY AND STRANGENESS.- Simon Schama
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