chapter  5
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Questions of history

THE STUDY OF HISTORY on the amateur level was popular from thesixteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries.1 Apparent truth, as told by historians, was sometimes regarded as more interesting than the imaginative novels of the day. Whoever had the interest, as well as access to records and documents, wrote non-critical narratives based on the events of the past – partly for education, but partly also for broad-based interest. History as an academic discipline was still very much in its infancy then. The formal development and recognition of history as an academic discipline would take place between the mid-nineteenth and the mid-twentieth centuries during which time history departments were created in the universities.