Chapter 1 Class 8 History - The Modern Period

Why do interpretations differ in history? Give an example to support your answer.



Answer by Student

  • Interpretations in history are the assumptions and conclusions that historians make about the past based on the evidence , contexts , points of view , and frames of reference that they use.

  • Interpretations in history differ because historians have different perspectives , purposes , methods , and values that influence how they select, analyze, and evaluate the sources and evidence that they use to reconstruct the past.

  • Interpretations in history are not fixed or absolute , but rather relative and subjective, depending on the availability and reliability of sources and evidence, the changing historical knowledge and understanding, and the ongoing historical debates and dialogues.

  • An example of different interpretations in history is how British and Indian historians viewed the Revolt of 1857 differently. British historians saw it as a minor and isolated mutiny by some soldiers over greased cartridges, while Indian historians saw it as a major and widespread war of independence by the masses against British colonialism
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