Interpretive Schools: The Role Of Historiography In History

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Historiography in a brief definition is the record of what is known about the past and a number of interpretations through scholarly criticism. It focuses on historical research as it is constantly changing. Most of the interpretations before the nineteen sixties dealt with politics. It is through socials movements that scholarly literature began to include social, cultural, racial, gender and countercultural histories. Many people that studied history interpreted it very differently and out of this interpretive schools occurred. These interpretive schools sparked debates which continues to influence history today. Thus, the importance of historiography is that it involves many different views, many different ideologies and many different…show more content…
They believed that there were economic advantages to breaking away from Britain. Colonists were competing with the English government in the economy and the English were taking their money. Great Britain constantly argued with the social classes and argued who should rule America. A conservative merchant class would rise up and start a conflict in order to escape from the terrific economic policies. This interpretive school was created in the twentieth century and one interpreter is Carl Becker (1873-1945). Josiah Child fits this interpretive school because of he argued that New England was becoming too independent and ignored what the British were telling them. Josiah also as a merchant himself knew that it was in both interests of the two entities to remain separate. After World War II the interpretive school of the consensus historians came to a rise. Consensus historians argued that the colonists had developed a democratic society. The colonists were happy with the status quo that they built. Yet, the British destroyed it after the French and Indian war (1754-1763). After the proclamation of 1763, the British further infringed their individualism. This is what forced the colonists to rebel. A supporter of this interpretation is Edmund
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