One of ancient Rome’s greatest orators and statesmen, Marcus Cicero, described history as “the witness of the times, the light of truth”. A 19th century Irish historian J B Bury spoke of ” History is a science , no less and no more”.
History is a record of past happenings and should be as truthful and precise as possible. History teaches us the experience of the past. By acquiring this experience, we hope not to repeat the mistake of the past, so that we can build a better future.
Politicians like to tinker with history and distort it to their advantage. Throughout history, those in power sometimes change the official versions of history to either glorify themselves or depict their enemies in a bad light. But time and again, history has proven that truth will prevail in the end. History is not just a record from official sources; it also includes eyewitnesses’ accounts and other written or objective records from other sources.