Some Scholars Say Historical Works Are Not Objective

Heated debate in American Historical Association suggests issue is far from being resolved

New York, New York -- Can historians be truly objective when they write about the past?

That question, posed about research in many areas of the humanities, was hotly debated here at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.

Ever since the 19th century, mainstream historians have assumed scholarly interpretation is objective -- a non-biased and accurate reflection of the past. But that belief, some scholars said, is now being shattered by the fragmentation of