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Old August 31st, 2016, 07:00 AM   #21

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I'm not really in favor of "interpreting" subjects that have been interpreted by others countless of times. I really don't understand the meaning of "interperting" a historical subject. I mean how many times you can interpret a something?
I of course meant re-evaluation.
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I of course meant re-evaluation.
Don't take it personal, I jut hear that interpreting historical events thing a lot.
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Don't take it personal, I jut hear that interpreting historical events thing a lot.
I'm not.
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Of course there are. Pick up an encyclopedia from the 1920's. Then look at the topics and biographies that have that have been forgotten about today. In addition, there are new original sources. For example, Monticello is finally releasing all of Jefferson's papers and Hamilton's family has finally released all of his letters and did not edit out the more embarrassing sexual references. For example, "The Retirement Series" won't be completed until 2026. It is expected to be the complete and definitive edition of Jefferson's papers from when he left the Presidency until his death.

For an American, I would like to see a study of an often overlooked consequence of Jefferson's actions. When he was President, the US Army officer corp was purged of most Federalists. What effect did this have on the War of 1812? https://www.monticello.org/site/jeff...eview-officers
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Is it about the theory of Ottomans being the continuum of Byzantine? If it is, I'd like to see you convinced the world about that. You know how controversial it is.
I am glad that you seem interested. As you can see, challenges are still there, even really big ones are there. History is itself controversial, as it is a tool for politics. The majority will always believe what they are taught in high schools. So You can't convince majority unless your theory is in school books. Notice that the Turks once believed the history of Yanko Bin Madyan, but now an ordinary Turk has to google it because s/he probably has never heard of him. Similarly the Ottomans in the classical period had never heard of the Gokturk empire either.

My theory is actually different from the constitutional similarities between the two states, or the third Rome theory. I am interested in the very beginning: Who were the early Ottomans really? That's the question. You can have a very clear answer that they were Oghuz Turks. But you will soon realise that in academic level you can't really prove it, the Ottomans being Oghuz Turks is just another theory. Reconstruction of the fourteenth century Ottomans is similar to those Millenium prize problems in maths that seem to be unsolvable. So even some historians like Colin Imber claimed that It's impossible to know who the early Ottomans really were because there aren't enough primary sources to prove anything. Hence Imber's black hole theory.

Herbert Adams Gibbons suggested "the mixed race (Greco-Turkic)" theory. And of course, Hammer's famous "Oghuz Turks" theory.

I think marxist-materialist approach can solve the question. So, in academic level, history is full of fun and adventure.
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This is our 'skippy' gene, a chimp derived infinity drive - re-evaluating all the re-evaluations will take some re-evaluation (loop x n = homo knitticus picketicus).
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I think Gile means there are plenty of opportunities to revise the received historical wisdom we are blessed with. For example take the history of your own country, could not the evidence from any era be looked at with a fresh pair of eyes and different conclusions reached as to the validity of your historians' entrenched findings?

I agree that new fields for the study of history are limited, but re-interpretation of primary sources often throw up surprise conclusions which challenge whole theories. For example fairly recent research on the English households in the seventeenth and eighteenth century shattered the long held view that they took the form of the extended family.

Apologies Gile for butting in.
Nare a divil the bother Von - sure isn't that what we're all here for?

- The exchange, elaboration, correction and/or retraction of one another's views in light of new evidences gleaned. We soldier on ..

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Nare a divil the bother Von - sure isn't that what we're all here for?

- The exchange, elaboration, correction and/or retraction of one another's views in light of new evidences gleaned. We soldier on ..

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Your welcome my friend. Thesis followed by antithesis and then synthesis means job done until some anorak finds a document buried deep in the Vatican archives which means the whole process begins again.
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This question goes to historians from a candidate historian. It seems that there is nothing/no field left worth too much to study in this field except for some tiny details. Pretty much everything has been studied and written by others. I canít find a reason to pursue being historian.
If you are a candidate historian and you really think that there isn't that much to study in history ... you are following the wrong path in your life.

There is still history to study, you know ...

If you expect to discover that Napoleon was an alien, become author for History Channel, not an academical historian, otherwise, if you look well, there are very wide rooms where to research [not "to study" ... you study what someone else has already researched about ... be the first to research!].
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