It is the choices historians make that define the parameters of their studies and this gives them a great responsibility. They are, in relation to their own society, guardians of sound knowledge of the past, and in relation to past societies, instrumental in making sure that justice is done to the people they are studying. On both counts, their moral principles are constantly tested by the predicament embedded in the past-present relationship. The challenge is to respond to current concerns — but not at the cost of presenting a fair description of the people studied.
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