What is history?

“Historians do not, as too many of my colleagues keep mindlessly repeating, ‘reconstruct’ the past. What historians do is produce knowledge about the past, or, with respect to each individual, fallible historian, produce contributions to “nowledge about the past. Thus the best and most concise definition of history is::

http://www.history.ac.uk/ihr/Focus/Whatishistory/marwick1.html

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