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Historical contexts

Scholars do not work in a vacuum. They are subject to a variety of factors that may affect the outcome of research. Developments in quantum theory have suggested that the result of a scientific experiment may be affected by both the structure of the experiment itself and the presence or absence of the experimenter, making ‘objectivity’ a chimera. If this is the case with the natural sciences it is even more so for the social sciences, in which a wide array of factors may influence both the findings of research and the subject and nature of the research itself. Amongst these is the historical context in which the research takes place.