Biography as History: A Personal Reflection
The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 40, No. 3, Pg. 399-412.
has illuminated every field of human endeavor—science as well as the
arts—embracing countless modern disciplines, expanding its focus on
change over time to comprehend entire nations, cultures, and
civilizations, each far more complex than any individual life. But at
its best, biography is the finest form of history. The light of truth
embodied in biographical history is the most effective antidote to
malicious historical falsehoods, our gravest “errors of judgment.”
Learning about the roots of mistakes and errors of judgment in history
may someday teach us to avoid repeating them. What greater reward could
any biographical historian hope to reap from a lifetime of labor?
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